Yuddha Bhoomi Horata Samithi, has complained to BMTF, alleging that 65+ properties have encroached upon the SWD and the BMTF officials have now issued notices to 65 residents of Ideal Homes in Halagevaddera-halli falling in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar zone, have directed the secretary of Ideal Homes society, to produce all documents pertaining to the layout.

“The BMTF has received a complaint that drains have been encroached upon from No 4 to 56, No 38 to No 46, and No 51 to 56 by Ideal Homes Society, which has developed a layout on it and cheated the public. The encroaching sites were sold to the public and the complaint requests action against the concerned officials, the secretary of the society, and others. In regards to this, you are directed to appear before the concerned officer with the relevant permissions issued by BDA/BBMP to develop the layout on August 27 at 11am.”

Notices have also been issued to BDA to appear before the BMTF with all relevant documents in this case on the said date.

It is said that the layout was formed in 1989 and allegedly around 7.5 acres of land encroaches on an SWD. In a notice, BMTF sub-inspector Suma Rani B says, “The land between twin village No 1 and No 250 of Halagevadderahalli village, Kengeri Hobli, Bengaluru South Taluk is pasture lands, bunds of lakes and ponds, land reserved for a temple, and more importantly, an SWD.

Now, property owners fear they could lose the land they have paid for. On Wednesday, a few residents met mayor BN Manjunath Reddy and commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, claiming that no drain passes through the layout and they have not encroached. But the mayor and commissioner turned down the claim and said that a drain does pass through the layout, according to the surveyor’s report.