Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: In a “record-breaking demolition” and recovery of encroached property by the Bangalore Development Authority, 44 acres 15 guntas of its land estimated at Rs. 250 crore was recovered at Kothnur in Bangalore South taluk here on Wednesday.

Acquiring the land meant removing 10 temporary sheds and a compound wall and felling an eucalyptus grove that had taken up seven acres of land.

This is a record for the BDA in terms of the extent of the area recovered and the value of the property.

According to estimates by the BDA, a layout of 660 sites of different dimensions could be formed from the recovery, the process for which had begun. In an official press release, the total worth of the property recovered over the last year had been estimated at Rs. 415 crore, in five separate operations conducted in the last 22 days. With Wednesday’s operation, the value of the property recovered from April 2008 till date exceeded Rs. 1,000 crore and in the last 21 months BDA had recovered property estimated at Rs. 1,053 crore.

For the recovery of land at Kothnur, the authority had notified for acquisition of 57 acres and 11 guntas of land in Survey No. 87 of Kothnur village, Uttarahalli Hobli, Bangalore South Taluk, to form J.P. Nagar VIII phase. The preliminary notification for the acquisition was issued in 1988 and final notification in 1994. The land was handed over to the Engineering section in 1994.

However, the BDA says that a few people and certain institutions had laid claim on the land and engaged them in long legal battle. Several cases involving an area of 44 acres and 21 guntas of land were decided in favour of the BDA.

Meanwhile, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) continued its demolition drive in the East Zone (Ward Number 29) on the Sultanpet main road, where it cleared encroachments on a large storm water drain.

An official in the BBMP said the encroachments began from the Balaji Shopping Complex to Arcot Srinivasachar Road, where 21 shopping complexes had encroached one metre of the drain. The demolition was likely to continue for 15 days. The palike took up the removal of encroachment on the Rajakaluve in the Kengeri sub-division in Rajarajeshwari Nagar zone, where 30,000 sq. ft. of the main storm water drain had been encroached by a complex and four houses.