There appears to be no end in sight to the saga of the BDA’s proposed Shivaram Karanth Layout.
Additional Chief Secretary V Umesh has suggested that the State government reconsider denotification of around 700 acres of land in the proposed layout before taking any decision on it.
In 2007, the government had announced plans to create five layouts named after Nadaprabhu Kempegowda, Shivaram Karanth, D Devaraj Urs, K C Reddy and S Nijalingappa around the city and allot two lakh housing sites. It had notified 3,546 acres of land in 17 villages in Yeshwantpur, Hesaraghatta and Yelahanka hoblis of Bangalore North taluk for Shivaram Karanth Layout. However, as the denotification issue has plagued the layout, the government has deferred issuing a final notification for it. Owing to pressure from the Opposition, D V Sadananda Gowda, when he was chief minister, had directed Umesh to inquire into the alleged illegal denotification of 256 acres of land in the layout by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and over 450 acres by the Special DC.
According to official sources, Umesh has concluded his inquiry and submitted a report to the Urban Development Department, which is yet to take a decision on the matter.
BDA Commissioner T Sham Bhatt said he does not know the contents of the report. “Unless the government takes a decision on reconsidering the denotifications and developing the layout, we cannot proceed,” he added.
In July, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had announced that the government would abandon plans to develop the layout.
However, the Cabinet is yet to take a final decision on the issue. Moreover, sources in the government now say the Chief Minister is unlikely to drop the project.