BENGALURU: The Bengaluru Urban district administration on Wednesday recovered lake bed area measuring 4.5 acres that was taken over by Royal Concord School at Chellakere, K R Puram hobli near Banaswadi. The piece of land is worth `75 crore, according to officials.
Speaking to Express, Bengaluru East Taluk tahsildar Harish Nayak said residents had complained about disturbance from the school and also about the encroachment. Following this, notices were issued to school.
“The school was using this land from over 10 years. When we questioned them, they said they had obtained permission from the forest department, but no documents were produced. Hence, we claimed the land,” said Nayak Officials said records show that the lake is spread across 37 acres out of which 4.5 acres have been reclaimed. Seven acres have been taken over by BDA in which sites have been formed and a piece of land was also used for building a road.
“Notices will be issued to BDA and individual houses here. One Govinda Reddy who has built a complex in one gunta has got a stay order from court. This will be challenged in court on December 6,” he said.
Illegal Sand Filter Points Raided
District administration officials, acting on a tip-off, raided illegal sand filter points at Anekal. Jigani police have arrested three people and are investigating.
Speaking to Express, Bengaluru Urban District Commissioner V Shanker said a team of officials, special task force and Rural police raided 23 filter points at Mahanthalingapura (Survey No. 47) in Jigani hobli of Anekal at 4 am. “In all, 130 lorries and two excavators were seized. They were destroying nature. Strict action will be initiated against those involved,” the DC said.