Some businesses get a breather because of stay order from the court
In a drive to reclaim public land encroached upon in the city, the district administration has cleared unauthorised structures on Dewan's Road here. Over 15 properties, including houses, were demolished in a pre-dawn operation on Saturday.
However, the authorities did not clear some structures on the road, including a tea stall and two garages, as the owners of the leased properties got a stay from the court.
The action, which was taken to comply with the direction of Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta, began at 4 a.m. and continued for nearly four hours. Over 100 personnel of the Mysore City Corporation, armed with two earthmovers and tippers, were part of the drive.
All roads leading to the area were blocked to stop trouble and tight police security was provided.
It was carried out with the assistance of the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) and the MCC. Tahsildar Manjunatha Swamy, secretary of MUDA Vidya Kumari, MCC zone-IV Assistant Commissioner Thimmappa and Governing Council Member MUDA Kumar were present.
Sources in the MCC said that the structures razed as well as those benefiting from the stay order, were not in possession of the corporation's trade licences.
According to sources, the Nanjaraja Bahadur Choultry Committee had let out the properties now razed either on rent or on lease in 1961. The original lessees and tenants had then sub-leased the premises.
The lease and rent agreements were terminated after the properties were brought under the Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act in 1997, and the district administration insisted that the occupants vacate the property.
While some lessees approached the court, others neglected the direction. Finally, the district administration decided to carry out the demolitions.
In recent times, the district administration has also cleared encroachments on two acres of prime land near Kukkarahallu Lake, as well as on three acres of Deewan Poornaiah Naala.