User: swetharao Topic: Slums in Bangalore
Category: Encroachment
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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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Encroachers take over city cycle track 20.10.2016 TOI: All Headlines
Encroachers take over city cycle track
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Even crucial infrastructure has been built on lake land 19.10.2016 Hindu: Home
A glimpse into the detailed list of encroachments published by the Joint Committee on Tank Encroachment
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BBMP digitising all revenue records to prevent tampering: BBMP Commissioner 16.9.2016 Citizen Matters

BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad talks about his experience as a bureaucrat, his work at BBMP and BBMP's plans to streamline finances and land records.

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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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7.5 guntas of encroached land recovered so far in Rajarajeshwari Nagar 21.8.2016 Hindu: News
Reports of a fresh survey being undertaken by the Joint Director of Surveys between Madiwala lake and Akshayanagar triggered rumours that properties violating the new National Green Tribunal (NGT) buf...
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Who will prosecute BBMP for creating the big mess? 7.8.2016 TOI: All Headlines
Who will prosecute BBMP for creating the big mess?
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Letters: Poor infrastructure 1.8.2016 All Opinion Stories
With reference to "Flood fury" (August 1) rains are always a test of the quality of urban infrastructure. The country does not seem to draw any lessons from each instance of floods - be it in Kashmir, Chennai or even Uttarakhand. Gurgaon is seen as ...
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Selling out those green spaces 23.7.2016 deccanherald.com
Battling a well-entrenched builder-politician nexus, Bengaluru had long lost its battle to preserve the city's once cherished greenery. But in its desperation to cling onto the remaining green pockets, a new sinister threat has arisen:The Karnataka Urban Development Authority (Amendment) bill. Passed in a hurry without debate on July 19, the legislation is designed to shrink open spaces and bring in more concrete! Builders and the realty lobby will clearly be the beneficiaries, and Bengalureans, the losers. Demolishing claims that the bill will not affect Bengaluru, a similar amendment in the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) rules for new layouts is just round the corner. The Authority now proposes to make suitable changes in its Revised Master Plan 2031. Setting a precedent The legislation has clearly set a precedent. Also on the government's agenda are amendments to the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority (BMRDA) rules, the Bangalore International Airport Area Planning Authority ...
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Selling out those green spaces 23.7.2016 deccanherald.com
Battling a well-entrenched builder-politician nexus, Bengaluru had long lost its battle to preserve the city's once cherished greenery. But in its desperation to cling onto the remaining green pockets, a new sinister threat has arisen:The Karnataka Urban Development Authority (Amendment) bill. Passed in a hurry without debate on July 19, the legislation is designed to shrink open spaces and bring in more concrete! Builders and the realty lobby will clearly be the beneficiaries, and Bengalureans, the losers. Demolishing claims that the bill will not affect Bengaluru, a similar amendment in the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) rules for new layouts is just round the corner. The Authority now proposes to make suitable changes in its Revised Master Plan 2031. Setting a precedent The legislation has clearly set a precedent. Also on the government's agenda are amendments to the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority (BMRDA) rules, the Bangalore International Airport Area Planning Authority ...
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25 acres of govt land reclaimed by razing down shops, shanties 2.7.2016 deccanherald.com
A portion of Pantharapalya near Avalahalli on the Outer Ring Road in west Bengaluru looked ravaged as if has been hit by a powerful tremor as the Bengaluru Urban district authorities on Saturday carried out an extensive anti-encroachment drive to reclaim 25 acres of government land after a legal battle of 57 years. Officials with a contingent of about 300 policemen, 100 gangmen and 20 earthmovers swooped down at Pantharapalya in the morning and bulldozed hundreds of structures including shops, garages, welding shops, a refill gas cylinder distribution agency of Indane, warehouses and a large number of shanties. The open space was used for parking hundreds of private vehicles. There was a strong resistance by shopkeepers and slum dwellers. But they could not muster courage to continue their protest due to the heavy police presence. As the drive extended to the shanties, the slum dwellers stood in front of the earthmovers, preventing the authorities to proceed further. The residents said they have been ...
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BBMP turns a blind eye to encroachment on parks, road 1.7.2016 deccanherald.com
A BDA-approved layout in Thurahalli near Uttarahalli is mired in controversy over the encroachment of half-a-kilometre-long and 60-ft-wide road, parks and playgrounds leaving no space for recreation and sports activities. The Bharath Housing Cooperative Society (BHCS) Layout has a wide road and nine parks but only on paper. Although residents know that all parks and playgrounds have been encroached, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has kept the matter under wraps. However on Friday, in response to an RTI application filed two years ago regarding the status of parks and playgrounds, BBMP assistant executive engineer Narasimha Babu provided a written reply with survey sketches of these parks and playgrounds. He conceded that slums have come up in some of the parks while a government school too has been built on the park land. Other documents available with Deccan Herald show that the school was built by the BBMP without the knowledge of either the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) or the ...
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