The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report on denotification of lands by the government and the allotment of sites by the Bangalore Development Authority (2012) has indicted the authority of denotifying 212.39 acres of land during 2007-11 in defiance of the law. According to a performance audit conducted by the CAG and tabled in the Legislative Assembly by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Wednesday, denotification had been carried out without referring it to the denotification committee.
In seven cases, government irregularly denotified 17 acres in favour of four layouts after the land had been taken possession of and developed by the BDA. The CAG said this had been done pursuant to the orders of the incumbent Chief Ministers, who had disregarded the law. In three cases, denotification had been done in layouts where sites had already been allotted to the public. In four cases, the denotified land was subsequently resold. This showed that denotification had been done only to facilitate the sale of land acquired for public purpose.
Layouts not spared
In six cases, government irregularly denotified 6.12 acres in six layouts. They were denotified after they were taken possession of and even while many cases challenging the acquisition process had been pending in the courts.
The CAG indicted the government for denotifying 23.38 acres in five layouts on land involving nine cases which were purchased irregularly after notification for acquisition of the same. In six cases, 13.25 acres were denotified even after the acquisition was upheld by the courts.
It said that 29.25 acres and 11,875 sq ft of land in eight layouts had been denotified and various omissions and commissions were committed in the process.
The Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board had acquired 99.13 acres in two villages and handed them over to a company for setting up an IT park. The acquisition had exceeded the limit of eight acres approved by the high-level committee of the Department of Commerce. Thus, the company had been unjustifiably given huge tracts of land by subjugating public interest.
‘Denotification carried out without referring it to the denotification committee’ In three cases, denotification was done in layouts where sites had already been allotted
‘Denotification carried out without referring it to the denotification committee’
In three cases, denotification was done in layouts where sites had already been allotted