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DEMOLITION MAN – II

WAITING IN THE WINGS!!!

THE GOVERNMENT IS SERIOUS AND HAS BEEN UNWILLINGLY COMPELLED TO INITIATE APPROPRIATE PROCEEDINGS TO RECOVER THE HIGHLY VALUABLE LANDS FROM THE LAND MAFIA (A GROUP OF DEVELOPERS AND BUILDERS), POLITICIANS AND ILLEGAL OCCUPANTS DUE TO THE PRESSURE FROM THE PIL AND THE HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA.

MORE TO COME SOON.

GOVERNMENT AND BDA LAND ENCROACHMENT AND THE ACTION TO BE INITIATED BY THE SHETTAR GOVERNMENT


THE STATE GOVERNMENT IS SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING WAYS AND MEANS TO TACKLE AND RECOVER THE PROPERTIES ENCROACHED ON THE BASIS OF THE A.T.RAMASWAMY COMMITTEE REPORT AND TASK FORCE REPORT SUBMITTED BY MR.A.T.RAMASWAMY., M.L.A AND THE TASK FORCE HEAD, MR.V.BALASUBRAMAINAN.  THE GOVERNMENT MAY APPOINT MR.V.BALASUBRMANIAN.I.A.S.(rtd) AND MR.JAYARAJ.,I.A.S.(rtd) TO SUGGEST AND RECOMMEND THE PROCEDURE FOR THE RECOVERY OF GOVERNMENT LANDS(INCLUDING BDA PROPERTIES- FOR SOME OF WHICH, THE BBMP HAS ISSUED KATHAS) WORTH OVER RS40,000/- CRORES. 

2000 acres of lands belongs to BDA alone valued over Rs2,000/- crores, encroached illegally by vested interests, in and around bangalore urban and rural districts. Revenue sites, Gramathana Sites, Illegally converted DC Conversion sites, buildings constructed on Raja Kaluve, Bandi Dhaari and Valleys will be recovered.  The BBMP has issued KATHA CERTIFICATE AND KATHA EXTRACT for properties, which had been acquired and many banks hands in glove with sellers have sanctioned loan for such properties, will be recovered or attached.

SAFEGUARD YOUR PROPERTY FROM ENCROACHES AND FRAUDSTERS


THERE ARE MORE CASES REPORTED REGARDING ILLEGAL OCCUPATION, ENCROACHMENT AND POSSESSION OF ALL AND EVERY TYPE OF PROPERTIES IN AND AROUND BANGALORE.  THE PROPERTY OWNERS ARE ADVISED TO PUT UP COMPOUND WALLS OR FENCING AND MUST KEEP A WATCH ON REGULAR BASIS TO PROTECT THEIR INTERESTS.  DURING OUR INSPECTION TO IDENTIFY AND MEASURE BDA,BMRDA,SOCIETY,PRIVATE LAYOUT SITES AND DC CONVERTED SITES, HAVE NOTICED THAT ONCE THE LAYOUT IS FORMED AND SOLD, IT IS LEFT FOR THE BUYERS TO TAKE CARE AND SAFEGUARD THEIR PROPERTIES, BUT MAJORITY OF THESE PROPERTIES SEEMS LIKE ABANDONED, COULD NOT BE LOCATED AND IDENTIFIED.  IF LEFT AS IT IS, SOME ILLEGAL ELEMENTS WILL OCCUPY AND FABRICATE DOCUMENTS AND THE ORIGINAL OWNER WILL LOSE THE PROPERTY OR APPROACH THE COURTS AND IT WILL TAKE YEARS TO REPOSSESS THE SAME.

 

GUIDANCE VALUES REVISED AND EFFECTIVE FROM TODAY


THE DEPARTMENT OF STAMPS AND REGISTRATION HAS NOTIFIED THE REVISED VALUE FOR THE PROPERTY REGISTRATION IN BANGALORE RURAL DISTRICT AND RAMANAGARAM DISTRICTS FROM TODAY.  THE REVISION IS IN THE RANGE OF 30% TO 150%.  THE REVISED VALUES FOR THE BANGALORE URBAN DISTRICT HAS NOT YET BEEN FINALISED AND IS UNDER CONSIDERATION WILL SOON BE NOTIFIED.

Report of the Special Task Force on the Encroachment of Government lands, Statutory bodies and Local Bodies.


Encroachment of Government and public lands belonging to statutory and local bodies is rampant in Karnataka.  Especially in Bangalore Urban and rural Districts, due to the high value of lands, large areas of Government lands like Gomal, Gunduthopu, Tank-beds, Parks, Valleys, Raja Kaluve, Minor Streams, Roads and Civic Amenity sites, which have been extensively encroached upon and converted into buildings and sites, illegally.

Therefore, The Karnataka Legislature had constituted a Joint Legislature Committee in July,2005 for Bangalore Urban District under the Chairmanship of Shri.A.T.Ramaswamy to enquire into the matter and suggest solutions to prevent future encroachments.  The JLC made detailed enquiries and submitted two reports to the Legislature.  After the dissolution of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 2007 no action was taken to implement the recommendations of the JLC.

In July, 2009, after discussions in the Legislature on the same issue of encroachments, Government constituted the TASK FORCE FOR THE RECOVERY AND PROTECTION OF PUBLIC LANDS IN SEPTEMBER 2009 with the jurisdiction of the entire state of Karnataka including all the government lands and lands belonging to the statutory bodies and local bodies.  The TASK FORCE  has no legal powers but has acted through the heads of departments, Deputy Commissioners and Chief Executive Officers of Statutory and local bodies who have been empowered under various Acts for removal of Encroachments.

In the past 20 months, the Task Force has been instrumental in identifying about 123 lakh acres as under encroachment and for the removal of about 47,000 acres.  This is hardly 4% of the total area identified.

The Bangalore Urban District consisting of five taluks of Bangalore North Additional, Bangalore East, Bangalore South and Anekal Taluks, some detailed figures are available according to which the total Government land including forests is 1,30,000 acres and the classification being:

1). Gomal and Waste (Kharab and Beedu)     :88,355 acres.

2). Tank Bed                                                      :26,468 acres.

3).Roads, Raja kaluve and water wiers        : 3,246 acres.

4). Graveyards                                                   :    599 acres.

5). Forests                                                          : 8,486 acres.

6). Others Stautory and local bodies            : 3,000 acres.

TOTAL:                                                               :1,30,154 Acres.

Of 1,30,154 acres, A Total Reported encroachments in 2006 was 27,336 acres or 21% valued conservatively even at Rs1.5 crores per acre on average, costing Rs40,000 crores.

ENCROACHMENT OF TANK BED IN BANGALORE URBAN DISTRICT:

TALUK                 TANKS       EXTENT    NUMBER OF                ACRES

                                                (acres)       ENCROACHERS

Blore South        248            4791                             297                      142

Blore North       159            2349                             170                        145

Blore NAddi       190            7164                             827                        474

Blore East          139            4682                             173                        437

Anekal                201            7482                             1021                       650

DR.SHIVARAMA KARANTH LAYOUT – land acquisition at 17 villages


THE BDA HAS NOTIFIED 3546 ACRES OF LAND FOR DR.SHIVARAMAKARANTH LAYOUT IN BANGALORE NORTH, COMPRISING 17 VILLAGES IN BANGALORE URBAN DISTRICT.  THE NOTIFIED VILLAGES ARE:

A). YESHWANTHAPURA HOBLI, BANGALORE NORTH TALUK, BANGALORE URBAN DISTRICT:

1).SOMASHETTIHALLI                    :358 ACRES.

2). LAKSHIMIPURA                            :180 ACRES.

3). GANIGARAHALLI                        :291 ACRES.

B). HESARGHATTA HOBLI, BANGALORE NORTH (ADDITIONAL)TALUK, BANGALORE URBAN DISTRICT:

1). BYALAKERE                                     :372 ACRES.

2). KALATHAMMANAHALLI     :432 ACRES.

3). GUNIAGRAHARA                          :300 ACRES.

4). KEMPAPURA                                    :75 ACRES.

C). YELAHANKA HOBLI, BANGALORE NORTH(NORTH ADDITIONAL)TALUK, BANGALORE URBAN DISTRICT:

1). MEDIAGRAHARA                            :299 ACRES.

2). AVALAHALLI                                   :191 ACRES.

3). VADERAHALLI                                :108 ACRES.

4). RAMAGONDANAHALLI                     :252 ACRES.

5). KEMPANAHLLI                                :95  ACRES.

6). VEERASAGARA                                :173 ACRES.

7). DODDABETTAHALLI                  :223 ACRES.

8). HAROHALLI                                       :30  ACRES.

10).SHYAMRAJAPURA                       :119 ACRES.

11).JARAKABANDE KAVAL              :110 ACRES.

A REPORT ON ILLEGAL LAND GRABBING AND ENCROACHMENT – GOVERNMENT LANDS- FAKE GRANT CERTIFICATES AT BANGALORE – CHECK


HAVE YOU BOUGHT A LAND WHICH IS A GRANT LAND?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS A GRANT?

MANY DEVELOPERS AND HIGH PROFILE FRAUDS HAVE GOT SUCH FAKE RECORDS AND GOT THE DC CONVERSION ORDERS AND IN SOME CASES OBTAINED THE LAYOUT APPROVALS AND HAVE SOLD IT. THIS WILL COME TO LIGHT, ONCE, IF IT IS INVESTIGATED BY THE COD.  NOW THE BALL IS IN THE HIGH COURT OF KARNATKA AND THE LOKA AYUKTA. 

EXCERPTS FROM A NEWS REPORT:

Mr.V Balasubramanian, A No Nonsense and an upright I.A.S Officer and The Chairman of Task Force for Recovery of Public Land and its Protection dropped a bombshell by alleging that  the chief minister’s Principal Secretary I S N Prasad in a letter dated November 19, 2010 had directed Chikkamagalur Deputy Commissioner that no “precipitative action” should be taken against any forest land encroachments. The letter stated that the order had been issued as per the directions from the chief minister.

He further said that “This implies that no action should be taken against encroachers. The officials in the district have taken shelter under the order and have not taken any action to remove encroachments. It is only courts that have powers to issue stay orders like this and not the Chief Minister’s office,” and said  the government had been till recently directing the Special Deputy Commissioner of Bangalore Urban district to issue certified copies of Official Memorandum (OM) of land grants to certain people flouting all rules. Most of the cases of bogus OMs are in Jala hobli of Bangalore north additional taluk, close to Bangalore international airport. “This is the mother of all scams. About 11,800 such files (of land grants), covering 25,000 acres of land worth about Rs 25,000 crores, have been found,” he stated.

 Many such illegal grants in contravention to the Acts had been issued in Bidarahally hobli, Banglaore.

(BUYERS-BEWARE)

The 20-month tenure of the Task Force, which was set up in September 2009, came to an end on Monday.  Headed by retired IAS officer Balasubramanian, the Task Force has submitted a 300-page report on government land encroachments  titled, “Greed and Connivance”. The report mentions the controversial order by the chief minister’s office. The Task Force has identified 12 lakh acres of government land encroachments in the State.

Chikkamagalur district has highest number of forest land encroachments in the State. About 35,000 acres of forest land has been encroached, mainly by coffee planters. Even forest land coming under Tiger reserve has been encroached.

Though the apex court had ordered that forest offence cases should be filed against 7,846 encroachers, orders in this regard have been issued  in only 1,193 cases. None of the encroachment cases has been so far removed by the government, he said. The Task Force has recommended to the government to order a CID probe into the issue as the existing revenue officers will not be able to make satisfactory enquiry into these large number of cases, he said.

It is said that several private companies had grabbed valuable government land in Bangalore in the name of setting up IT and BT parks. Some of the properties had been bought by leading developers and high profile businessmen.

If public land is being encroached upon with impunity in Karnataka and little is being done to reclaim it, a large part of the blame rests on the shoulders of bureaucrats and top politicians, including Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who is abetting the process.

The report submitted on Monday by the Task Force for the Recovery of Public Land and Its Protection, headed by V. Balasubramanian, cites several instances of a nexus between the land mafia, bureaucracy and elected representatives.

‘Stay orders’

In the most shocking instance, a letter was sent from no less than the office of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa asking the Deputy Commissioner of Chikmagalur district not to take “precipitate action” against encroachers, most of whom are prosperous coffee planters owning hundreds of acres.

The report notes that “government has no powers to stay such ‘stay orders’ and only a court of law can issue such an order”. This letter, notes the report, resulted in officials “taking shelter under the letter” and not removing any encroachment despite reminders.

In Chikmagalur, 35,946 acres of forest land is encroached upon. “Most distressingly, no case of encroachment has been removed,” says the report.

Another instance involves encroachment in Kolar by a former Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly, where 60 acres of forest land was grabbed in Jagalakunte forest. Though an inspection was to be conducted by forest and revenue officials “on the days fixed for joint inspection, the minions of the encroacher did not allow the team to enter the area,” notes the report, and it was subsequently done with police protection.

After several bureaucratic hurdles, the case is now in the court.

The report cites several instances of encroached land being regularised by the bureaucracy, throwing all norms to the wind on verification of records.

In one instance in Holenarasipur in Hassan district, the regularisation committee, headed by non-officials, passed recommendations for regularisation even when there was no application, without the consent of the tahsildar, in some instances even forging his signature.

‘Record makers’

Regularisation is particularly big business in areas close to the Bengaluru International Airport, which has seen a real estate boom. The areas include Jala Hobli and Bidarahally Hobli.

The modus operandi for many such illegal regularisations is creation of records by officials under the guise of rebuilding “missing records” on land grants.

The report says: “What is missing is the entry relating to the claimant because no such grant was made.”

Official suspended

The task force has come across a large number of cases of the Special Deputy Commissioner passing orders conferring titles to claimants violating all norms on verifying original documents. He gave land to the tune of 1,042 acres in 428 cases without any verification. This case is now pending before the High Court and the Special Deputy Commissioner is under suspension.

  • Report cites several instances of encroached land being regularised by bureaucracy
  • In some instances, the tahsildar’s signature was forged

Allottees make huge profit by selling the land meant for IT, BT parks in and around Bangalore

The Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB), it appears, has turned out to be a paradise for land grabbers.

As per the report of the Task Force for Protection of Government Land submitted to the Government on Monday, hundreds of acres of valuable government land in and around Bangalore have been gobbled up on the pretext of setting up IT and BT parks and industries.

For instance, Task Force Chairman V Balasubramanian said, Joy Ice Creams got 3.23 acres land at Pattandur Agrahara in Bangalore East taluk for establishing a software technology park. The land was allotted to the company at 50 per cent of the market value (Rs 4.34 crore).

(THE BUILDERS TRIED TO OBTAIN PERMISSION FOR A RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX AT THE AFORESAID PROPERTY)

The KIADB, which was supposed to give lease-cum-sale deed, executed the sale deed in favour of the company in July 2006 without mentioning any condition. Instead of setting up the park, the company sold the property to Prestige Properties Group for Rs 6.97 crore within one month. Though directions were issued to take the land back, KIADB has not taken any action so far, he alleged.

In another instance, the Chairman said, one O G Rajulu claimed to have got 40 acres of land in Ramagondanahalli village near BIA from the government in 1966 for setting up a chicory plant. Instead of the chicory plant, luxury bungalows have come up on the land. Though the matter was brought to the notice of BDA and KIADB, no action was taken. The land is worth over Rs 400 crore, he added.

(LAUGHING WATERS) NOTICES HAD BEEN ISSUED BY THE THASILDAR, BANGALORE EAST TALUK, BANGALORE DIRECTING THE ENCORACHERS AND ILLEGAL OCCUPANTS TO EVICT THE PROPERTY

Balasubramanian, a retired IAS officer, also alleged that Prestige Group has encroached upon 6.5 acres of land at Karahalli near Devanahalli and built luxury villas. “Rampant and glaring irregularities have been found with respect to KIADB lands in Bangalore. One of the main reasons is that the High Level Clearance Committee headed by the Chief Minister, which clears investment proposals worth Rs 50 crore, gives approval without verifying the authenticity of project proposals,” he stated.

                                                                                          Bogus land owners

The Task Force has unearthed what it calls “mother of all scams” in Jala hobli of Bangalore North additional taluk, where hundreds of people have obtained bogus ownership records. The KIADB has, in turn, acquired a major portion of the land paying hefty compensation. The Board has been paying up to Rs 80 lakh per acre as compensation in Jala hobli.

Balasubramanian, who is a retired IAS officer and who had served as the Advisor to the Joint Legislature Committee on government land encroachment in Bangalore Urban district, said a majority of the 11,800 files related to land grants in Bangalore Urban district pertain to bogus ownership.

He said when Bangalore district was bifurcated into Bangalore Urban and Rural districts in 1984, about 34,000 files related to Bangalore Urban district had remained with the Bangalore Rural district office.

Of these, about 11,800 files related to land grants and they were recently handed over to Urban district. During this period, bogus land grant documents were inserted in these files after destroying the original records.

“In the last few months, a large number of people filed applications seeking certified copies of Office Memorandum (OM) of land grant. The Special Deputy Commissioner suspected foul play and informed the Task Force. When the Task Force verified the land grant files, it was found that OMs were issued flouting all rules,” he explained. 

It appears these Certified Grant Certificates on which the DC Conversions are issued and layout approvals are made, are illegal and will be confiscated by the Government.  The buyers of such properties will loose their properties.

SPECIAL TASK FORCE REPORT ON ENCROACHMENT OF GOVERNMENT LANDS


THE SPECIAL TASK FORCE HEADED BY THE RETIRED ADDITIONAL SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT OF KARNATAKA, MR.V.BALASUBRAMANIAN HAS SUBMITTED A 300 PAGE REPORT TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS.

SOME OF THE IMPORTANT ISSUES SAID TO HAVE INCLUDED IN THIS REPORT IS ON A GATED COMMUNITY, AT RAMAGONDANAHALLY, WHITEFILED MAIN ROAD AND ANOTHER HIGHLY VALUABLE PROPERTY AT PATTANDUR AGRAHARA, WORTH RS 400 AND RS 20 CRORES RESPECTIVELY.  NOTICES FOR EVICTION HAD BEEN ISSUED TO THE PARTIES BY THE THASILDAR, BANGALORE EAST DISTRICT, BANGALORE.

SEVERE ACTION AGAINST THESE ENCROACHMENT IS RECOMMENDED BY THE AUTHORITIES.

THE OTHER AREAS, WHERE THE STF HAS DETECTED THE ENCROACHMENT IS IN JALA HOBLI AND BIDARAHALLY HOBLI, WHERE THE ILLEGAL DOCUMENTS ARE PRODUCED AND THE LAND MAFIA IS OBTAINING CERTIFIED COPIES, WHICH ARE SAID TO BE DEFECTIVE, BEING SOLD TO THE BUYERS. THEY ARE IN THE FORM OF GRANT CERTIFICATES DATES BACK TO 1970-80, SUCH GRANTS ARE IN CONTRAVENTION TO KLR ACT, THE REPORT SAID.

BUYERS OF PROPERTIES IN THESE AREAS MUST THOROUGHLY CHECK THE GRANT CERTIFICATES ON WHICH THE PROPERTIES ARE BEING SOLD.  SOME BANKS(HAND IN GLOVE WITH THE MAFIA) ARE PROVIDING LOAN.  THIS SANCTION OF BANK LOAN WILL NOT CONFER ANY RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST. THIS IS THE MAIN REASON THAT MOST OF THE  XXXXXXXXXXXXXX OFFER TO PROVIDE LOAN FACILITY, TO KEEP THE BUYERS IN THE DARK, TILL THEY GET THEIR MONEY.

UNCONFIRMED REPORTS STATES THAT THE THASILDAR, BANGALORE EAST DISTRICT HAS ISSUED EVICTION NOTICES TO THE ENCROACHERS