User: milawes Topic: Land
Category: Land Mafia
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Japanese forest bathing concept comes to IT hub 22.5.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
For the Japanese, being in the presence of trees is not just a matter of choice, it has been a part of their public health programme since the 80s. The reason being that trees help keep us in the pink of health. Bengalureans too can aspire to forest bathe to stay healthy at the tree park that is taking shape at the Kadugodi Plantation.
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Land sharks keep God on their side 9.5.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
Call it an instance of land sharks at work or a classic case of religious sentiments being exploited to knock off a plush property in Bengaluru’s real estate hotbed, Vasanth Nagar.
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Adopt RERA 4.5.2017 HBL: Letters
The edit, ‘Downside of federalism’ (May 4) is a good commentary on the the realty sector. As urbanisation picks up, the inaction of the majority of the States will cause avoidable problems. People a...
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Coorg’s SOS to Modi: Save Cauvery 3.5.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
Coorg Wildlife Society has written to prime minister Narendra Modi recently on the need to protect the catchment in Kodagu to sustain river Cauvery.
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Promises unkept, another run to save Vibhutipura lake tomorrow 21.4.2017 deccanherald.com
Despite persistent efforts by hundreds of residents around it, the 45-acre Vibhutipura lake near HAL has been pushed to its deathbed. Desperate to save the water body from land sharks and spur the government to act on its promises, a Run4Lake is now organised on April 21 (Sunday). The lakes challenges are mounting: Incomplete fencing by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), unregulated inflow of untreated sewage through multiple inlets, indiscriminate dumping of debris and solid waste along its boundary. In February 2013, after much persuasion by citizens, the BDA had been entrusted with the development work. The objective was clear: To save whatever was left of the heavily encroached lake, fence it, stop sewage inflow, deweed and develop an ecosystem around. As the government agencies floundered, residents kept up the momentum. To interact with the agencies and involve volunteers and Residents' Welfare Associations (RWAs) in the rejuvenation efforts, they formed a trust, VIKAS (Vibhutipura Kere ...
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Special court on land grab cases gets no help from Bengaluru dist officials 6.4.2017 deccanherald.com
The Bengaluru urban district administration, which is dealing with more than 6,000 cases of land encroachment, could move only eight cases to the anti-land grabbing special court in the last seven months though the district headquarters is barely a few metres away from the court. Perturbed by the indifferent attitude of the district administration, the special court has now decided to act on V Balasubramanian's report 'Greed and Connivance'. It has set itself a target of disposing of at least 4,000 cases and to initiate action against land sharks. The Balasubramanian committee had found encroachment of 12 lakh acres of government land across the state. Ten days ago, the court had directed district authorities across the state to send the list of land grabbers with documents. Bengaluru Urban district authorities are among those who have not responded, despite being located close to the court. The range forest officers of six districts have so far sent the list and relevant papers. The court has warned the ...
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Saved from land mafia, temple tank getting a makeover 31.3.2017 deccanherald.com
Neglected for years, the kalyani (temple tank) at Vasanthpura in Bengaluru south will soon get a facelift as the rejuvenation work has started. Recently, Infosys Foundation trustee Sudha Murty proposed rejuvenation of the temple tank and the government had accepted her proposal, said sources in the BBMP. The work started on March 20. A supervisor present there said Rs 2.5 crore has been sanctioned for the work, which includes laying steps to the tank on the western side and strengthening its banks. Already, work is in progress. Labourers are chiselling the stone slabs to construct steps while earthmovers are desilting and deepening the tank. Huge rocks found during excavation will be used for reinforcing the bank. Legend has it that the kalyani was constructed by Chhatrapati Shivaji's father Shahaji Raje Bhonsle sometime in the mid 17th century to mark the acquisition of Bengaluru as his jagir. It is said that Bhonsle had won this jagir after defeating Kempegowda-III. Over a period of time, the temple ...
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BJP: Krishna Byre Gowda's followers grabbed prime land 4.3.2017 Deccan Herald - News
BJP leader N R Ramesh on Saturday said supporters of Agriculture Minister Krishna Byregowda have grabbed 22 acres and 35 guntas of government land in North Bengaluru taluk. Addressing reporters, Ramesh said the land is in survey number 103 of village Kodagala Hatti in Hunasamaranahalli village panchayat in Jala hobli. The cost of the land in the open market today is Rs 250 crore as it is close to the Kempegowda International Airport. Land grabbers have succeeded in grabbing around 5,000 acres of government land and are now eyeing this chunk of land. Some government officials too have connived with these land sharks and created bogus land records claiming to be owners of the land. Small sheds have come up on this piece of land and records they possess show that they have been living there for more than two decades. Further, these people were given hakku patra (land holding documents) too. "These hakku patras are bogus and have been created in active connivance with panchayat officials," added Ramesh. When ...
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Realtors eyeing Vijayanagar’s dying lake, say residents 18.2.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Realtors eyeing Vijayanagar’s dying lake, say residents
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Playground encroached upon, say residents 15.1.2017 deccanherald.com
Residents of Defence Colony, Indiranagar, fear that land sharks are out to grab their playground. Defence Colony Park 3, situated between Fourth Main and Sixth Main in Indiranagar, off 100 Feet Road, is a popular playground for youngsters in the area. Schools in the neighbourhood use the field for sports meets as well. However, since November 2016, unknown persons have fenced off a portion of the playground claiming that the land belongs to them. "It is unclear who is staking claim on the land. Since November, several boards have come up with different names," said Colonel Raj Mannar, president of the Defence Colony Cooperative Housing Society Ltd (DCCHSL). "Some goons are staying in a shed on the land and preventing people from entering the property," Col Mannar added. Members of Defence Colony Residents' Association (DECORA) and DCCHSL wrote to the local police, BBMP assistant executive engineer of their ward and to the principal secretary to the department of co-operation regarding the encroachment. ...
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Kids take to street to save playground - Times of India 11.12.2016 TOI: All Headlines
Kids take to street to save playground - Times of India
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Cops joining black-to-white cash crimes? 2.12.2016 TOI: Bangalore Times
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Spl court will bring land sharks to book, says CM 31.8.2016 deccanherald.com
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said there was pressure on him not to set up a special court to try cases of government land grab. In his address after inaugurating the special court, Siddaramaiah said the court will have powers to jail land grabbers for one year to three years and impose a penalty of Rs 25,000. Any individual may lodge a complaint of land grabbing. The Chief Minister said: "The land sharks are so emboldened today that they are capable of buying up anybody, from government to judges and ministers. Hence, a special court was set up." Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs T B Jayachandra said the special court was vested with more powers than the Anti-Corruption Bureau and Lokayukta. What the court does The government has appointed retired high court judge Justice H N Narayan and two retired district judges, R H Reddy and Balakrishna B, as judicial members. Two officers of the rank of deputy commissioner of a district and above have not been appointed yet. The court has suo ...
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BBMP: Residents raise voice against demolitions 28.8.2016 newindianexpress.com
Hundreds of citizens gathered at Town Hall on Saturday to vent their anger and register protest against the BBMP demolitions and to demand justice and accountability from the government.
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No ground for sporting glory 27.8.2016 deccanherald.com
India's grand Rio Olympic ambitions could fetch nothing beyond Sindhu's silver and Sakshi's bronze. Like most Indians, as Bengalureans wondered what went wrong, the reasons lay there tellingly across the City:Playgrounds, encroached and in deep decay; layouts without an inch of sporting space; hyper-expensive clubs and an urban planning system, clueless and apathetic. Indeed, a cosmetic course correction could be seen in pockets. But beyond those grounds in the heart of the City, dedicated, affordable and well-equipped sports facilities remain a pipedream for lakhs of children. Realty projects have invaded every nook and corner, making a mockery of planned development. Civic amenity sites, earmarked for playgrounds and other allied facilities, are wantonly encroached. Land sharks, in collusion with politicians, BDA and BBMP insiders have perfected the art of fabricating documents to claim ownership of these sites. Their designs clearly go beyond lakes and drains. Former national Heptathlon champion, ...
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No ground for sporting glory 27.8.2016 deccanherald.com
India's grand Rio Olympic ambitions could fetch nothing beyond Sindhu's silver and Sakshi's bronze. Like most Indians, as Bengalureans wondered what went wrong, the reasons lay there tellingly across the City:Playgrounds, encroached and in deep decay; layouts without an inch of sporting space; hyper-expensive clubs and an urban planning system, clueless and apathetic. Indeed, a cosmetic course correction could be seen in pockets. But beyond those grounds in the heart of the City, dedicated, affordable and well-equipped sports facilities remain a pipedream for lakhs of children. Realty projects have invaded every nook and corner, making a mockery of planned development. Civic amenity sites, earmarked for playgrounds and other allied facilities, are wantonly encroached. Land sharks, in collusion with politicians, BDA and BBMP insiders have perfected the art of fabricating documents to claim ownership of these sites. Their designs clearly go beyond lakes and drains. Former national Heptathlon champion, ...
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BBMP uses 50-year-old maps to identify encroachments. Here's why. 23.8.2016 Citizen Matters

Land registrations take place without actual surveys, which makes it easy for anyone to register anything. Having Unique Property Ownership Records is a possible solution to the mess, but it's being opposed by the land mafia.

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Bengaluru: This is a lake. And it's up for sale 4.8.2016 TOI: Home
A prime piece of real estate is up for grabs. It abuts the Bengaluru-Chennai expressway - the manufacturing highway of India; is around 6 km from Koramangala - the hub of techies and high net worth individuals; is bang in the middle of the tech corridor stretching from Koramangala to Electronics City - where the big bucks are. Spread over 13 acres and 24 guntas (over 6 football fields), the asking price is Rs 400 crore. The only glitch? It's a lake.
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Panel on Srirangapatna temple land in Bengaluru wilting under pressure 26.7.2016 deccanherald.com
A committee that was constituted to expedite the process of recovering 880 acres of land in Bengaluru South taluk, belonging to Sri Ranganathaswami temple of Srirangapatna, is finding it difficult to continue with its work due to the pressure from land sharks. It may be mentioned that revelations about 880 acres of land in Bengaluru South taluk, donated to Sri Ranganatha swami temple in Srirangapatna took everybody by surprise last month. Following the reports, a committee was formed, which is supposed to meet every week and discuss various measures to be taken to recover the land and submit a report to the higher authorities. But, the committee, which was constituted on June 6, has held just one meeting over the last seven weeks. Speaking to Deccan Herald, an official, on condition of anonymity, said, most of the lands are in the clutches of realtors, who are allegedly exerting pressure on the government not to proceed in this regard. The committee led by Tahsildar of Bengaluru South taluk includes ...
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Green lessons from Delhi 23.7.2016 deccanherald.com
Land sharks, in connivance with the political class, have played havoc with Bengaluru's once celebrated greenery. Every rule in the book has been violated to encroach water bodies, parks and open spaces. But as rules are now being bent to give the illegalities an official blessing, here's a look at Delhi, where stringent norms have largely kept the green cover intact. Fifteen to 20% of Delhi's total area has been allocated for parks/green belt in the Master Plan 2021, as a senior Delhi Development Authority (DDA) official explains. The proportion of land earmarked for parks and playgrounds in residential colonies depends on the population density in that particular area. The DDA has ensured that the builders adhere to the building bye-laws and strictly follow the layout plan leaving adequate space for parks and other civic amenities. The master plan applies equally to the whole of Delhi, but the Lutyens Bungalow zone follows different building bye-laws (those meant for bungalows). Since the area of plots ...
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