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SCENT OF A SCAM: Residents of Byappanahalli speaking to the A.T. Ramaswamy Joint Legislature Committee on encroachment of government land in Bangalore on Thursday. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash
SCENT OF A SCAM: Residents of Byappanahalli speaking to the A.T. Ramaswamy Joint Legislature Committee on encroachment of government land in Bangalore on Thursday. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

Staff Reporter

A prominent developer gets general power of attorney to build an apartment

BANGALORE: Armed men confronted the Joint legislature Committee headed by A.T. Ramaswamy, which has been seeking to identify encroachments of government land in and around Bangalore, at Binnamangala on Old Madras Road here on Thursday.

The committee, which visited Survey No. 4/1, Byappanahalli, Binnamangala Manavarthekavalu, in response to the demand of the local residents, found that eight acres and eight guntas of government land has been encroached by a group of people who have since passed on the general power of attorney to a prominent developer to build an apartment.

The residents contended that the land belonged to the Government and at least four of the 51 sites sold by various persons were part of a road.

Mr. Ramaswamy and members of the Legislature Committee, including the former Minister Roshan Baig, Shantinagar MLA S. Raghu, and MLC M.P. Nadagouda told over 500 residents, who had gathered at the site, that the committee had verified that the land belonged to the Government. Collusion of the employees of the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) and the gram panchayat had resulted in the encroachment.

The Legislature Committee Chairman said the Bangalore District Deputy Commissioner had issued an order in 1965, allowing the conversion of land use from agricultural to non-agricultural use.

As such with the plot of land being in close proximity to the National Highway, a major construction on the given land was barred.

Nearly all the conditions imposed by the Bangalore District Officer in 1965 while issuing orders on change of land use for the plot in question had been violated.

If the lands were not used for the intended purpose within two years, the permission for land-use conversion would automatically lapse. All these conditions were flouted in 1975 and the layout plan had been approved by the Byappanahalli Gram Panchayat, which was not the appropriate authority.

Meanwhile, four persons Suresh Salaria, Rohit Salaria, Mohammed Samad S.S., and Mohammed Saifullah purchased the land with 51 title deeds.

The four persons had since made the developer a GPA holder and applied to the BMP on December 12, 2003 for permission to build a residential complex.

On April 2, 2005, BMP granted them this permission.

Later, on June 24, 2004, they had obtained permission for construction of a commercial complex from the BDA and on June 10, 2005, the BMP had given permission for construction of an apartment complex.

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