BANGALORE: The Bangalore district administration recovered 100 acres of encroached government land at Kannur Hobli in Bangalore East Taluk on Saturday. Tahsildar Harish Nayak told Express that the land is worth around Rs 500 crore.
The land, in Survey number 50 at Kannur, was being used by stone crushers. A plot measuring 80 acres was earlier owned by the BMTC and was given to the BBMP in exchange for a piece of land for a bus depot at KR Market in 2009. The government had directed the stone crushers to vacate the land. Subsequently, even the residents from the surrounding areas had objected to the quarrying.
The matter reached the Lokayukta and six months ago, the Upa Lokayukta inspected the area and asked the district administration to take suitable action.
A notice was issued to stone crushers living in 60 houses built on the plot. On Saturday, 50 Special Task Force members, revenue inspector and the tahsildar evicted the encroachers.
Of the 100 acres, 80 acres were handed over to the BBMP while the remaining 20 acres was handed over to the Revenue Department, said Nayak.
Storm water drains were also cleared in Dasarahalli. Thirty Palike officials and the police removed the encroachments.