User: swetharao Topic: Slums in Bangalore
Category: Encroachment
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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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NGT’s well-timed order on penalising construction companies can help revive Bengaluru’s damaged lakes 7.5.2016 FirstPost: India

The penalty slapped by the NGT to the companies for constructing around Bellandur lake in Bengaluru was presiding over the PIL filed by the Namma Bengaluru Foundation. The judgement couldn’t have come sooner.

The post NGT’s well-timed order on penalising construction companies can help revive Bengaluru’s damaged lakes appeared first on Firstpost.

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Apartments Killing Lakes Nearby With Their Wastes 6.5.2016 newindianexpress.com
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When nature calls, there’s nowhere to go 23.4.2016 The Hindu: Today's Paper
When nature calls, there’s nowhere to go
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When nature calls, there’s nowhere to go 23.4.2016 Hindu: Cities
BBMP survey finds that 37,000 families in slums in the city defecate in the open due to a lack of toilets
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Devarabisanahalli Lake: A victim of unplanned urbanisation 6.4.2016 deccanherald.com
Located to the south of Bellandur Lake on the Outer Ring Road, Devarabisanahalli Lake is spread over 13.45 acres (5.45 hectares). Strikingly similar to the city's other water bodies, the lake embodies the effect of unprecedented urbanisation and concentrated developmental activities. A research team led by Prof T V Ramachandra of the Indian Institute of Science has prepared the technical report 'Devarabisanahalli lake: Path towards ecological restoration', that calls for immediate action and underlines the issue of encroachment and pollution. The latest study report consists of data from the field, surveys, physico-chemical analysis of water and bathymetric analysis and goes on to highlight the present status of Devarabisanahalli lake. "The lake has an area of 5.45 hectares (revenue map) with a water spread of 4.4 hectares. At least 1.31 acres of the lake has been encroached upon," the study reveals. Based on the field data, it was found that the current depth of the lake varies from nearly 0 metre (near ...
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In Bengaluru, encroachers don't even spare hillocks 8.3.2016 deccanherald.com
Fresh encroachment of two hillocks and a pasture land (gomala) in the Bengaluru South taluk by some powerful people has been reported. Sources in the district administration said at least 11 acres and 30 guntas of land in survey number 65 of Halage Vaderahalli in Kengeri hobli near Rajarajeshwari Nagar has been encroached upon. The said stretch of land is a hillock of single hard granite, where nothing can be grown but some revenue officials connived with the land grabbers to change it to a pasture land in the government records and thereby facilitate its auction. While four acres have been sold to a private developer through auction, the rest has been encroached upon by some influentials. While khata for the land in question has been issued, the process of converting the land for residential purposes is underway. Assistant Commissioner of Bengaluru South sub-division L C Nagaraj wrote to the deputy commissioner on March 3, this year, requesting him to cancel the ownership of the land acquired illegally ...
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