Panel to look into unauthorised layouts on BDA land

Thousands of people have constructed houses in land that is still with BDA; Govt to ban planting of eucalyptus in the wake of depleting ground water table.

Published: 24th November 2016 04:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th November 2016 04:41 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BELAGAVI: The state cabinet on Wednesday decided to form a cabinet sub-committee comprising of Ministers Ramalinga Reddy,  T B Jayachandra, K J George and others to look the construction of unauthorised layouts in land that belongs to Bangalore Development Authority.

The cabinet decided to constitute the committee as thousands of people have constructed houses in land that is still with BDA. However, the cabinet has not decided on a time frame for the sub-committee to submit its report.

The cabinet, which also discussed the scarcity of sand and M-sand, which has hit construction activity, has decided to serve notice on former Mines and Geology secretary Nilay Mitash and Secretary S Pattanashetty for issuing contradictory circulars that has led the scarcity.

Though the government had come out with a new sand policy and also directed the
district administration to include legislators from the coastal areas and clear the applications, the department had not cleared them owing to the contradictory circulars.

The cabinet also decided to come out with a new neera policy that will bail out farmers who have been affected by the low prices for tender coconuts. In the wake of the drought and depeltion of ground water table, the government decided to ban planting of eucalyptus. It also resloved to establish a state incubation centre.
Sources told that it has also decided to come out with an NRI policy that will attract investments.

Sources said the cabinet did not discuss the issue of superseding the Belagavi City Corporation.
The civic body was in the news after its mayor participated in the black day observance on Rajyotsava day.

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