The BBMP may have decided to go slow on the storm water drain (SWD) encroachment removal drive, but the Bangalore Metropolitan force (BMTF) is steamrolling along. BMTF officials have now issued notices to residents of Ideal Homes in Halagevaddera-halli falling in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar zone, asking them to produce all legal documents available with them.
The officials have acted on a complaint filed by Yuddha Bhoomi Horata Samithi, alleging that 65+ properties have encroached upon the SWD. One of the properties in question belongs to former Congress minister Shamanoor Shiva-shankarappa.
The list of all 65 property owners has been given to the BMTF and they have asked Rajashekhar, secretary of Ideal Homes society, to produce all documents pertaining to the layout.
It is said that the layout was formed in 1989 and allegedly around 7.5 acres of land encroached on an SWD. In a notice, BMTF sub-inspector Suma Rani B says, “The land between twin village No 1 and No 250 of Halagevadderahalli village, Kengeri Hobli, Bengaluru South Taluk is pasture lands, bunds of lakes and ponds, land reserved for a temple, and more importantly, an SWD.
“The BMTF has received a complaint that drains have been encroached upon from No 4 to 56, No 38 to No 46, and No 51 to 56 by Ideal Homes Society, which has developed a layout on it and cheated the public. The encroaching sites were sold to the public and the complaint requests action against the concerned officials, the secretary of the society, and others. In regards to this, you are directed to appear before the concerned officer with the relevant permissions issued by BDA/BBMP to develop the layout on August 27 at 11am.”
Suma Rani has issued a similar notice to BDA’s engineering member PN Nayak and he has also been asked to produce all documents, which are with BDA.
Now, property owners fear they could lose the land they have paid for. On Wednesday, a few residents met mayor BN Manjunath Reddy and commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, claiming that no drain passes through the layout and they have not encroached. But the mayor and commissioner turned down the claim and said that a drain does pass through the layout, according to the surveyor’s report.
Credits Bangalore Mirror