User: arvin Topic: Slums in Bangalore
Category: Encroachment
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Where goes the slum dweller evicted in Indian cities? 30.5.2018 Citizen Matters
Slums are increasingly being evacuated in Indian cities, often violently, to make way for city ‘beautification’, smart cities and even book fairs. But no one tracks where the evicted poor go. »
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AC Srinivas: A separate BBMP for Mahadevapura zone, with its own mayor 4.5.2018 Citizen Matters, Bengaluru
Volunteers from a citizen activist group, Million Voter Rising interviewed candidates contesting in the Karnataka Assembly elections from Mahadevapura constituency. Below is the transcript of the interview with Indian National Congress candidate A C Srinivas: »
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Politics is in my blood: Lingaraj Urs, AAP candidate from K R Puram 2.5.2018 Citizen Matters
Inspired by grand uncle Devaraj Urs, he entered politics. Lingaraj Urs talks about his political journey and views, and tells that he is in politics for the long haul. »
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Temple not the only grabber of lake land, say revenue officials 10.4.2018 Deccan Herald - City
The monumental task of moving the 62-foot-tall statue of Hanuman from Kolar to Kacharakanahalli has brought this obscure Bengaluru neighbourhood and its dead, encroached lake to the fore. The 750-tonne statue is being set up by the Sri Rama Chaitanya Vardhini Trust near the Kodandarama Swamy Temple in Kacharakanahalli. According to M K Jagadish, Assistant Commissioner, Bengaluru North subdivision, the temple and the proposed statue were located on a lakebed. The temple, its two choultries, an Isckon goshala, a BDA layout and a slum are among the many occupants of the 56-acre plot in Survey No 153, still listed as government lake in revenue records. Jagadish said that about 26 acres of the land, part of the lake, now formed a BDA layout. The other properties are spread over around 10 acres while approximately 20 acres of land is vacant. He said that in 2015, under the then Bengaluru Urban commissioner V Shankar, the administration made its first attempt to reclaim the government property. "We cannot ...
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Lokayukta inspects three city lakes; pulls up BBMP, BDA 2.2.2018 Deccan Herald - City
Lokayukta officials on Friday visited three lakes in the city and instructed officers of the BBMP and BDA to start restoration works. The officials visited the Subramanyapura, Sarakki and Talaghattapura Lakes. While inspecting the Subramanyapura Lake, the officials found that the buffer zone has been encroached upon by slum dwellers. They were asked to relocate as flats are being constructed for them by the Slum Development Board. The flats are expected to be ready in six weeks. The officials have also instructed the tahsildar to conduct a survey of the Subramanyapura Lake and submit a report to the Lokayukta. According to members of NGO United Bengaluru, the Lokayukta has ordered BDA officials to speed up the restoration work in Sarakki Lake, for which Rs 3 crore has been allotted. While the BBMP officials claimed that the work had already begun, the local residents said otherwise. Sridhar Pabbisetty, chief executive officer, Namma Bengaluru Foundation, which is a part of United Bengaluru said: "We hope ...
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BBMP dismantles Indira Canteen near Cantonment station 4.12.2017 Hindu: News
South Western Railway had objected to the canteen coming up at the location
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‘Ignorance of law is no excuse’ 27.11.2017 Hindu: Home
Interview with K.B. Koliwad, chairman of lake encroachment committee and Assembly Speaker
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BBMP issues notices to lake encroachers 25.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The BBMP issued notices to the slum dwellers of Subramanyapura lake on Wednesday, asking them to vacate the place. This is part of the civic body's effort to clear the lake of encroachments. The notices have been issued to about 30 slum dwellers and they have been asked to vacate the place in two days. "We will not move from this place. They have pasted the notices on the doors of houses which were closed, but we will not go anywhere," said the residents. 'Residents not vacating' A senior BBMP official said, "We have provided flats built by the Slum Development Authority to these people. Even then, these residents are not ready to vacate." "We have taken up a project to revive the lake at a cost of Rs 3 crore. This lake was neglected for the last 10 years. We will see to it that the sewage water does not enter the lake. We will build a pathway along the lake for visitors to walk. These houses, situated in the middle of the lake, have been coming in the way of our work," he said. No power ...
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BBMP issues notices to Subramanyapura lake encroachers 20.9.2017 deccanherald.com
The BBMP issued notices to the slum dwellers of Subramanyapura lake on Wednesday, asking them to vacate the place. This is part of the civic bodys effort to clear the lake of encroachments. The notices have been issued to about 30 slum dwellers and they have been asked to vacate the place in two days. "We will not move from this place. They have pasted the notices on the doors of houses which were closed, but we will not go anywhere," said the residents. A senior BBMP official said, "We have provided flats built by the Slum Development Authority to these people. Even then, these residents are not ready to vacate." "We have taken up a project to revive the lake at a cost of Rs 3 crore. This lake was neglected for the last 10 years. We will see to it that the sewage water does not enter the lake. We will build a pathway along the lake for visitors to walk. These houses, situated in the middle of the lake, have been coming in the way of our work," he said. Uttarahalli corporator Hanumantaiah said, "The ...
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'Remove encroachment near lakes' 15.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Residents demanded that encroachments on Kacharakanahalli and Banaswadi lakes be cleared and dumping of garbage in the water bodies be stopped. United Bengaluru Foundation, led by freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, inspected the lake falling under the Yellamallappa Chetty Lake Series on Saturday. A group consisting of lake and urban experts, members of lake groups, elected representatives and government officials inspected these lakes and interacted with residents. Madhu Varadarajan, a local resident said, "BBMP trucks are dumping garbage near the lake and slums have occupied the land near the lake." Another resident V Kamala said, "The ground water level has fallen due to the encroachment of the lake. With lack of smooth flow, rainwater is gushing into houses." Doreswamy said, "There is a desperate need for a collaborative effort to reclaim and protect our lakes. Houses and temples have been built years ago in the lake area.'' "There is a plan to build a park, a swimming pool and a hospital on the land near ...
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Clear and present danger: What’s the future of Bengaluru’s rejuvenated lakes 8.9.2017 Citizen Matters
Rejuvenating a lake is a tough task. But the real work lies after the revival. Maintaining that the lake stays clean and clear of sewage and encroachment is a continuous task that requires funds and people. What would be the future of these lakes? ...
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NGO files plaint against lake pollution 15.7.2017 deccanherald.com
United Bengaluru, an NGO, has lodged a police complaint against encroachment and discharge of effluents into Vibhuthipura lake.

The NGO members visited Kaggadasapura, Doddanekkundi and Vibhutipura lakes on Saturday and found all three lakes encroached upon and froth in Kaggadasapura lake. They also found untreated sewage from slum directly entering Vibhutipura lake.

H S Doreswamy, freedom fighter, who was part of the team, said, "The committees are just an eyewash. Citizens MUST take the responsibility."

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Jnanabharathi to Get `Protected Land' Tag 15.6.2017 ET: Education
The university has decided not to give any more space to other government agencies. In fact, it refused to grant ten additional acres to the Sports Authority of India.
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Waste weir of Subramanyapura lake damaged 2.6.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Miscreants on Thursday night damaged the waste weir of the Subramanyapura lake, draining out all its water. Residents living around the lake said the weir was damaged between 9 pm and 10 pm. As a result, the water in the lake gushed out through the stormwater drain, with a huge amount of froth. Eyewitnesses said that this was the third time that the waste weir was damaged. The BBMP had repaired the weir a year ago when it was destroyed using an earthmover. Upon learning about the incident, BBMP chief engineer (lakes) B V Sathish sent an officer for a spot inspection. He said a complaint would be lodged with the police. Subramanyapura lake has been encroached upon with a slum comprising around 350 houses coming up there. Some have even built their shanties inside the tank. It is suspected that during the recent spell of rain, water entered into their houses, compelling them to destroy the waste weir. Moreover, the lake is being polluted due to discharge of untreated sewage from the nearby apartments. The ...
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How prepared is Bengaluru to deal with monsoon? 31.5.2017 Citizen Matters

A team of officials in BBMP is ready to handle any rain problems, 24X7, with a temporary control room of 64 emergency numbers for each wards. What other steps has the BBMP undertaken to face rains this year?

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Now, Subramanyapura lake froths 27.5.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Reduced to a reservoir of sewage due to indiscriminate dumping of sewage and waste from the apartments, residential layouts and slums in the vicinity, Subramanyapura lake too started frothing after the pre-monsoon showers on Friday night. The residents in the vicinity woke up to a shocker on Saturday morning when they saw a pile of froth at the waste weir of Subramanyapura lake. Pradeep Rudrapatna, a resident, said, "The lake was in a good condition and the people used to swim there till 2009. But due to rampant encroachment and indiscriminate dumping of sewage, the lake gradually lost its character." Another resident, Ramamurthy, said, Subramanyapura lake is spread over six acres and six guntas. A slum has come up on the gomala land abutting the lake. Also, the unregulated sewage flow into the lake from the nearby apartments and residential layouts and the rampant dumping of waste have only made matter worse. The lake has to be revived at the earliest." Water samples Regional Environment Officer of ...
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Rampant encroachment at Varthur lake, say residents 24.5.2017 deccanherald.com
Dumping of garbage and construction debris continues unabated on the banks and catchment area of Varthur lake, according to locals and members of Whitefield Rising. They point out that even after clear directions from Chief Secretary Subhash C Khuntia and Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development Department (UDD), Mahendra Jain to civic agencies to prevent dumping and take action against offenders, nothing has changed. "People are dumping construction material on the catchment of Varthur lake, Varthur Kodi and near Belegere road. Many squatters are also using the area near Munekolala as an open toilet. All illegal activities happen uninterrupted at night as there are no cameras," said Munikumar, a local from Varthur. The locals also point out that Tuburahalli road has become a mess because of dumping, especially after heavy rain over the past few days. The flow of water into the drain has also been blocked. Shivanna, another local from Varthur, said that though BDA officials are custodians of ...
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Confusion over extent of lake encroachment 27.4.2017 deccanherald.com
Tahsildar of Bengaluru East taluk N Tejas Kumar said survey and demarcation of the boundaries of Varthur and Bellandur lakes has begun. He claimed 16 acres of land around Bellandur lake has been encroached upon. However, sources in the government claim the extent of encroachment is much higher. They say at least 36 acres of Bellandur lake land has been encroached upon. This is apart from the encroachment of wetland between Bellandur and Varthur lakes. A top official in the government requesting anonymity said, "The district revenue officials have not surveyed Bellandur lake properly. They have protected some powerful builders who have built apartments. The target are only the slum dwellers and some vacant land. I am fully aware that at least 36 acres of lake land has been encroached upon." The officer said satellite images should be used to survey the area since the survey sketch prepared by the revenue officials is full of flaws. He suggested employing an independent agency to survey the lake. However, ...
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Why Bengaluru's planning process is against the spirit of our Constitution 10.2.2017 Citizen Matters

In open letter to CM, Kathyayini Chamaraj details all that is grossly wrong with the BDA's planning exercise for the city.

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Squatters take over 57 state monuments 24.10.2016 TOI: All Headlines
Squatters take over 57 state monuments
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