BENGALURU: The Bengaluru District Administration on Saturday conducted a land eviction drive and recovered government land worth Rs 358 crore in its jurisdiction.The highest recovery pertaining to rates was from Bengaluru South where it recovered six acres from R Arunachalam (Chairman of Shakthi Hill Resort).
“This land is worth Rs 300 crore as it is in the prime location of Rajarajeshwarinagar,” said B R Dayanand, tahsildar, Bengaluru South taluk. From the same taluk, six acres were recovered from survey number 8, Halage Vaddarahalli and Uttarahalli Hobli. Dayanand added that encroacher was earning lakhs of rupees.
“The person occupying government land, challenged eviction by saying that he has court orders, but while the drive was on he failed to furnish any such documents. Now, the land is in our possession,” he said.
In a similar drive, at the same taluk in survey number 43 of Divatigeramanahalli, Kengeri Hobli, 3.20 acres had been encraoched upon. Notices were issued to encroachers and on Saturday, the land worth Rs 35 crore was recovered, he added.
Similarly, from Bengaluru North Taluk, Anekal Taluk, Bengaluru East Taluk and Anekal Taluk land worth Rs 58 crore was recovered.
HC Quashes Notice by Tahsildar
The High Court on Saturday quashed a notice issued by tahsilar of Bengaluru South to Shakthi Hill Resorts, which runs Best Club and Arunachaleshwara Temple at Vaddarapalya in Uttarahalli hobli.
Hearing the petitions filed by Shakthi Hill Resorts and one A Ramesh Arun, Justice Raghavendra Chauhan directed the district administration to unlock the properties belonging to the petitioner immediately and officials not to interfere with the peaceful possession of the petitioner till a final decision is taken by the deputy commissioner.
Bengaluru South Tahsildar had issued a notice to Shakthi Hills on July 29, 2015 and locked its properties, saying they had encroached upon it.
Justice Chauhan, however, reserved liberty with the district administration to re-issue 15 days’ notice to the petitioners.
“After taking steps in accordance with law, the commissioner is permitted to issue a notice to the petitioners to vacate the premises,” said Justice Chauhan.
Memorial for Vishnuvardhan
Bengaluru Urban District Commissioner V Shankar said that the issue pertaining to land for Dr Vishnuvardhan’s memorial has been settled as the legal heirs of Kannada actor Balakrishna have agreed to allot two acres from their 10 acres near Abhimaan Studio for the memorial. All the departments have given clearance for the land.