The state government on Friday promised the High Court that it will transfer the seven-acre playground at HSR Layout to the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) by December 31. The land is currently under the Public Works Department (PWD) and was acquired for construction of the Justice Colony, exclusively for judges.
The Additional Government Advocate submitted a memorandum that an alternate 8.8-acre area has been identified by BDA at Arkavathi Layout for the colony. The area will be handed over to PWD within two weeks.
Earlier, residents of HSR Layout had filed a PIL against the construction.
The court had directed the government to suggest alternate land for the colony. The government said it had earmarked places near Nagawara, Banaswadi, Aralukunte and Arkavathy Layout. However, the areas at Nagawara and Banaswadi were under litigation.
So Arkavathi Layout was suggested.
‘No Funds Allotted to Mutts’
The state government on Friday told the High Court that it has not allotted any funds to mutts in the current budget in connection with a PIL which sought court directions to the government to not release funds allotted to mutts in the current and previous budgets.
Counsel representing the state said it was the previous government which had announced funds for mutts.
Garbage Disposal Report Sought
The High Court also directed BBMP to submit a report on how it is handling garbage disposal in the city, with details for the last five years. The court sought details of the contractors and their payments, the amount of garbage collected and the vehicles used to dispose the garbage.