Controversial Arkavathy Layout in Bangalore [%new%]
Date: 6 August 2014
News Courtesy: Garima Singh, III year, B.A. LLB (Hons.), NLSIU
Controversy: The controversies around the layout formation, the political fallout of the controversy and the periodic denotification of the land in Arkavathy Layout in Bangalore have led its allottees into trouble. The land site which was denotified was turned into nursery land and for which BDA (Bangalore Development Authority) has also assigned tractors to dump the debris. Furthermore, the land available to form sites is rapidly shrinking. A part of the layout is occupied by a huge graveyard with more burial sites springing up. Allottees see that these chunks of land will also be up for notification.
Layout’s Loss: 2,250 acres was initial area of Arkavathy Layout in 2003. 1,776 acres is what is now after a series of denotification.
The BDA has kept aside 400 acres of land of the current 1,776 acres to build water tanks i.e. lakes and ponds. This apart from parks and roads will reduce the area of land available for site formation. Almost 7000 sites have been formed in a scattered way in all the 22 blocks of Arkavathy Layout. However, roads, parks, water and sewage pipe lines and electricity lines aren’t in place. Such plans keep changing due to denotification.
The allottees of this controversial Arkavathy Layout in Bangalore have started using social media as a tool to reveal the status of the sites they were allotted in 2003. This is initiated in the hope that further denotification which is done in the vested interests would be warded off. A pressure would be created on the government to restore their sites. The Arkavarthy Layout Allottees Association’s President, G Shiva Prakash, is going to present the list of denotified sites before the Judiciary panel probing the issue and the government.
Critical analysis of Administration moves: The stepping of the allottees into social media to highlight their woes shows sheer lack of faith in administration dealing with the Arkavathy Layout plan. Such a move to the social media would ensure justice for allottees to some extent and also serves as warning signal to vested interests in the BDA and the Government that any attempt to appropriate land in the name of denotification will now pass intense scrutiny.
Sarakki Lake encroachments
The tahsildar of Bangalore South provided with a report stating that 135 encroachments have come up in and spread over 44 acres in Sarakki lake. Apart from Oxford Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, some 14 temples too have sprung up on the lakebed. Additionally, a government school, BWSSB utility and two BMTC bus stops are also included in the list of encroachers in the report.
The Karnataka High Court directed the BDA and BBMP to clear encroachments on Sarakki lake in JP Nagar within six months. In this way illegal encroachments on the tank and tankbed will be removed and construction will be demolished.