User: erensu Topic: Land
Category: Land Encroachment
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744 lakes encroached in Bengaluru 20.11.2017 Hindu: Home
As many as 744 out of total 837 lakes in Bengaluru have been encroached. Disclosing this to the Legislative Assembly in his written reply to Bharatiya Janata Party Y. A. Narayanaswamy, Revenue Minist...
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ACB not investigating plaintsagainst CM: Yeddyurappa 13.11.2017 Hindu: News
It has been converted into an agency to provide ‘clean chit’: BJP State chief
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Maker of Mavallipura landfill figures in 43-year-old 'lake grab' 6.11.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The man credited with giving Bengaluru the infamous landfill concept is now accused of a lake grab scam that unfolded over 43 years. The Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) has directed the authorities to initiate action against S B Hanumantharayappa, a class-1 contractor, for allegedly encroaching on 5.13 acres of Nanjundapura Lake near Yelahanka, four decades after his family first laid claim to the water body, documents show. The lake is located in survey number 64/1 of Jarakabande Kaval village, Yelahanka hobli in Bengaluru North taluk. The KLCDA authorities, after an inspection, found that Hanumantharayappa had dug a borewell to pump the lake water out. On October 25, KLCDA chief executive officer Seema Garg directed the Vadderahalli panchayat to "fence the lake, clear the encroachment and take action". The lake is not far from the Mavallipura landfill, where Hanumantharayappa allowed the BBMP to dump the citys waste on a piece of land he claimed he owned. It was in ...
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Two arrested for grabbing land 2.11.2017 Hindu: Chennai
Woman impersonated owner, then sold the property for ₹1.5 crore
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Congress accuses Ashok of nepotism in land allotment 31.10.2017 Hindu: National
BJP leader calls it politically motivated
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BJP, Cong trade charges of scams in city 30.10.2017 deccanherald.com

The BJP on Monday said large-scale irregularities to the tune of Rs 850 crore have occurred in the purchase of sweeping machines and compactors in the BBMP.

BJP MLA Ashwathnarayan told reporters that Bengaluru Development Minister K J George and senior BBMP officials were involved in the scam. Sweeping machines supplied by the contractor were entirely different from what was specified in the tender. When the minister and the officials came to know that a complaint was lodged with the Lokayukta, the original file was destroyed and a new file was created in order to hush up the issue, he added.

On the other end, Congress leader V S Ugrappa demanded a high-level probe into granting of 245 acres of prime land in Bengaluru south taluk by the Bagair Hukkum committee headed by BJP leader R Ashoka.

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Threats to our forests 30.10.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Does it ever surprise you that large forest patches still exist in India alongside our growing populations and ever-increasing expansions? India is host to one of the richest forest habitats in the world. But like all natural ecosystems today, our forests are extremely vulnerable. They are under stress from a host of human-made problems — from encroachment and degradation to climate change. We cannot lose our forests. Even though India has 77.18 million hectares of forests, it is only about 21% of India's total land area, and our forests are rapidly shrinking. The forests are home to a variety of flora and fauna, and indispensable ecological services like clean air and water. Many people directly depend on them for their livelihood and survival even today. It has become paramount that we understand how vulnerable our forests are to be able to implement effective policies in order to protect them. Measuring vulnerability In a recent study, scientists from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), ...
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Residents' protest gives hope for reviving lake in Whitefield 28.10.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Residents of Whitefield staged a protest against illegal dumping of debris into the Pattandur Agrahara lake-1 on Saturday. About 500 people, including schoolchildren, formed a human chain as part of the peaceful protest. The protesters played music and displayed placards with messages like `save Pattandur Agrahara lake,' and `hands off our lake.' On the night of October 25, about 50 trucks dumped construction debris on the lake bed. This happened because the lake has not been properly fenced, residents said. The local tahsildar said the lake is owned by the revenue department. A board has been erected at the spot, declaring that the land belongs to the revenue department and that those dumping debris there will be prosecuted. But this was done only a couple of days ahead of the protest. The BBMP handed over the lake to the Bangalore Development Authority in 2012. According to Mallikarjun, assistant engineer, BDA, "The lake has not been surveyed since there is a court case against the encroachment." It ...
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Devotees want Mutt seer ousted as sleaze video goes on air 26.10.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Devotees and Trust members of Hunasamaranahalli Samsthana Mutt staged a protest on Thursday after successor of the present Mutt head was caught on camera in a compromising position with a woman. Dayananda Swami, son of Mutt head Pattada Parvataraja Shivacharya Swami, protesters said, was caught on camera with a woman and demanded that both the pontiffs should be ousted from their positions. The Mutt, located in Hunasamaranahalli en route Kempegowda International Airport, has a history of 500 years. Police personnel were deployed in front of the Mutt, where the protesters shouted slogans against Dayananda and his father, saying they brought disrepute to the Mutt. Tension prevailed in front of the Mutt when the sleaze video was aired on television news channels. A group of Trust members even chased away a Swami, identified as Niranjan, who came to calm them down and appeal for truce. "One of the richest Mutts in the state, the Hunasamaranahalli Samsthana had thousands of acres of land donated by the ...
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Stir over Mutt head's sexual exploits 26.10.2017 deccanherald.com
Village residents and devotees held a protest outside the Jangamamutt, against the sexual exploits of Mutt head, Dayananda Swami.

The devotees thronged the Mutt premises after a video of the Swami involved in a sexual act with a woman being telecast on TV channels. As people tried to barge into the Mutt, the police stopped them. This led to a war of words between the police and the devotees. The protestors also alleged that the Mutt head had misappropriated Mutt property.
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Duo from financial services firm arrested for fraud 24.10.2017 Hindu: News
The Whitefield division police have unearthed a major white-collar crime and arrested two staffers of a global financial services firm on the charge of siphoning off ₹12.15 crore from the accounts of ...
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Fresh notices to Darshan, Shamanur hospital over land grab 19.10.2017 deccanherald.com
The Bengaluru Urban district administration has served notices on Kannada actor Darshan Thoogudeepa, SN Hospital and owners of 69 other properties for encroaching on government land at Ideal Home township in Rajarajeshwari Nagar. Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner V Shankar said the move followed high court orders. "The high court asked us to give the property owners a chance to provide an explanation. Accordingly, the assistant commissioner served notices on the parties," he told DH. Asked whether any deadline was set, he said property owners had 15 days' time. "They may seek other details and ask for time. But the matter will reach its logical end within a month," he added. A report by K Jayaprakash, the joint director of land records, had stated that the actor's house and the hospital run by former minister Shamanur Shivashankarappa's family were among the properties that had encroached on stormwater drains. Served with an eviction notice, the actor had moved the court for a stay. Free housing This ...
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Karnataka: BJP trains gun at Siddaramaiah, son Yathindra with fresh corruption charges 8.10.2017 India Today| Must Read
The BJP has leveled fresh allegations against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his son Yathindra in a land acquisition case.
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BJP digs out 40-yr-old land case to attack CM 7.10.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The BJP on Saturday demanded that 2.19 acres of land in Hebbal, which it claims was illegally allotted to a company linked to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's son Dr Yathindra, be cancelled and handed over to Arkavathy Layout allottees. BJP leader B J Puttaswamy released documents to the media pertaining to the case, which dates back to 1977. Puttaswamy said this was the first in a series of scams related to Siddaramaiah that the party will expose once every 2-3 days. In January last year, 2.19 acres of land on survey numbers 109-114 in Hebbal, which is currently worth Rs 200 crore, was allotted to Shantha Industrial Enterprises in exchange for land acquired from the company in Kethamaranahalli, Mahalakshmi Layout in 1977. The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) had paid Rs 29 lakh as compensation to the company then. "Dr Yathindra's friend C M Rajesh Gowda became a partner in Shantha Industrial Enterprises in 2010. In 2014, Dr Yathindra became a director at Matrix Imaging Solutions India Pvt Ltd, a ...
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High Court junks Devas' plea against ED action 6.10.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The High Court of Karnataka on Friday dismissed a petition filed by Devas Multimedia Private Limited which had challenged the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) action of attaching its property. ED had attached the property of Devas with regard to the multi-crore Antrix-Devas scam involving the Indian Space Research Organisation. The scam related to Devas alone is worth around Rs 580 crore. The CBI is investigating into the scam. Devas had moved the court challenging the act of ED attaching its property, exercising the amended provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, wherein a list of 'scheduled offences' was included in 2009. The petitioner had contended that the list of scheduled offences was imposed retrospectively as the alleged offence was committed prior to the amendment, which is from the year 2006 onwards. Justice B S Patil, dismissing the contentions of the petitioner, said that this is not a case where extraordinary jurisdiction of the high court under its writ jurisdiction can ...
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Officer shunted thrice in 3 months for refusing illegal khata entry 3.10.2017 Deccan Herald - City
An official who refused to clear an illegal khata transfer in Bommanahalli in 2016 has been transferred thrice in the past three months while she is due for retirement in March 2018. The development assumes significance as the investigation into the khata transfer scam in the BBMP is underway. S N Asha was Revenue Officer at Bommanahalli where 64 fake khata transfers were carried out. The scam was unearthed by the Lanchamukta Karnataka Nirmana Vedike (LKNV), an NGO. When Asha refused to clear an illegal khata transfer in 2016, four officials, including the then deputy commissioner and the joint commissioner, cleared the files, bypassing her. Out of the 64 entries, the computer-generated challans in respect of 33 khatas were fed on July 10, 2016 — a Sunday. Asha was first transferred on July 11 to Dasarahalli. Within 40 days, on September 13, she was transferred to Basavanagudi and then sent to Yeshwantpur on September 27. Incidentally, two officials involved in the fake khata scam are also working ...
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Staff shortage puts spanner in lake authority's works 25.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The government's promise to protect water bodies appears to be all talk and no action. For the fourth time in a year, it has not responded to the request of Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) to provide adequate and qualified staff. KLCDA is the watchdog of all water bodies in the state with a vision to restore lakes and wetlands "in quality and importance to their pristine status as reflected in the pages of history.'' Its mission is "to establish a strong system of well-linked lakes and tanks free from organic and chemical pollutants, and intensify official concern and motivate community vigilance to the extent where pollution and encroachment of lake lands would become impossible.'' A fresh request to increase staff strength comes in the wake of the ongoing hearing of the case pertaining to the development of the Bellandur lake before the NGT. "We have requested the government many times, but there has been no reply. We do not have a single officer in revenue and enforcement ...
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66.12 acres of Singapura lake reclaimed 23.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The Bengaluru Urban district administration on Saturday conducted a drive to rid a lake at Singapura near Byatarayanapura, of encroachment and reclaimed 66 acres and 12 guntas.

Deputy Commissioner V Shankar told DH, "A few influential have encroached upon the lake land. Some of them have not bothered to reply to the notices served on them. We will take appropriate action soon."

The deputy commissioner added that the drive was conducted following the order by the House Committee on Encroachments of Lake. The drive to clear encroachment on other waterbodies in the city will continue.


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Is it Roerich estate land or forest land? 23.9.2017 Hindu: Home
Contradictory claims over 3.11 acres identified to be part of metro depot project
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Water pumped out of TG Halli dam after 5 yrs 15.9.2017 deccanherald.com
The minor irrigation department has started pumping water from the Tippagondanahalli reservoir to low-lying areas such as Manchanabele, after a gap of five years. The action comes in the wake of direction by the public accounts committee. R Ashoka, chairperson of the committee, told DH that the decision to pump water was taken after he and other members of the panel visited the dam recently to assess water levels. "The reservoir is full, but is polluted. We have directed all the departments concerned to submit a report in a week on the encroachment on catchment area," Ashoka said on Friday. He was speaking to reporters after taking part in a meeting of the public accounts committee. The PAC has directed revenue department and local administrations of Magadi and Nelamangala to ensure that sale deeds in respect of properties in the catchment areas are not registered. Directions have been issued to authorities of Peenya Industrial Area, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, Karnataka Industrial Areas ...
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