Legislature township likely to come up at Kadugodi?

Despite the growing voices for the preservation of the forests of Kadugodi plantation near Whitefield, the State legislature is sticking to its decision to develop an exclusive township for MLAs and MLCs. At a meeting convened by Assembly Speaker K.B. Koliwad on Thursday to discuss the establishment of the township, along with other issues, officials from the Revenue Department reportedly assured that they would try and resolve the litigation surrounding the Kadugodi land for the township.

Confirming this to The Hindu , Mr. Koliwad said although we have surveyed two other tracts of land in Yelahanka and on Mysore Road, the Kadugodi land is more convenient. “Revenue officials have assured us that they will resolve the dispute and get the land. However, as the issue is with the court now, we have to wait till it is disposed,” he said.

 While officials sources in the Assembly Secretariat said the proposed township is only for the Assembly Speaker and his deputy; the Council Chairman and his deputy; Opposition leaders in both Houses, Chief Whips of ruling and Opposition parties in both Houses; Secretaries of both Houses; and other official staff of both Houses, Mr. Koliwad said he wanted the township to accommodate legislators (MLAs and MLCs) too. “The plan is still in the preliminary stage and we are yet to prepare a detailed project report,” he added.

According to sources, the proposal is to construct sprawling bungalows for the Assembly Speaker and the Council Chairman and other leaders in the legislature, a club house for recreation and a garden. If MLAs and MLCs are included in the plan, then they will get independent houses. At present, the 225 MLAs and 75 MLCs are allotted rooms in the Legislators’ Home (LH), located next to the Vidhana Soudha. Ministers have been allotted bungalows in different parts of the city.

However, the Forest Department has not only strongly objected to the idea of a township, but has also staked claim on the land. Currently, there is a writ appeal with the Karnataka High Court seeking the transfer of the land from the revenue department as it is a reserve forest. “How can plans to make a township go ahead, when the status of the land is yet to be decided?” asked a forest official.

Credits The Hindu

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