Government urged to take over 8.4-acre land in Hubli

Jan Sangram Parishat, National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources and Samaj Parivartan Samudaya, which are spearheading a campaign against land-grab and illegal mining in the State, have demanded that the government order a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged land-grab by the Karnataka Gymkhana Association (KGA) of Hubli.

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At a presspersons here on Tuesday, G.N Simha, coordinator of the parishat, and S.R. Hiremath, president of the samudaya, urged the government to take over the KGA grounds, which, they said, was worth Rs. 8 crore. They said they had studied all documents pertaining to the allocation of the 8.4-acre land to the KGA for promoting sports activities. The purpose of land allotment, however, was altered during the BJP rule, they alleged.

The KGA, they said, submitted a letter to the Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad in 2009 by “adding” recreational activities to the original intend of “sports purpose”. Taking advantage of the permission acquired through political pressure, the KGA was adding other sports, including billiards, and opening a “bar” in the name of recreation, they alleged, and added that the association was also constructing a huge building.

“This is a major case of land-grab by powerful forces as has been confirmed by a report submitted by V. Balasubramanian, the then chairman of the Task Force for Recovery of Public Land, and its protection by the government of Karnataka,” said Mr. Simha, urging the government to take over the land.

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