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DC urged to prevent encroachment of lake

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Citizens say the DA is not protecting the boundaries of Kunduwada

Citizens have asked the Deputy Commissioner to prevent encroachment into the Kunduwada Lake in Davangere.— PHOTO: H.S. Narasimha Kumar
Citizens have asked the Deputy Commissioner to prevent encroachment into the Kunduwada Lake in Davangere.— PHOTO: H.S. Narasimha Kumar

People of Kunduwada village and citizens of Davangere have asked the Deputy Commissioner of Davangere district to measure the actual length and width of Kunduwada Lake, and erect a barricade all around the lake so that encroachment doesn’t take place. They criticised the District Administration for not protecting the boundaries of the lake, which is a prominent source of drinking water to Davangere.

‘Concerted effort’

Talking to reporters here today P.Niranjanmurthy, advocate, K.S. Shivalingappa, social worker, said that as per the records made available by the Kunduwada Gram Panchayath, the lake has a boundary of 254 acres and 13 guntas. However S.S. Mallikarjun, MLA (Davangere north) and officers had been saying that the lake had a 232-acre boundary, they said and expressed their suspicion that a concerted effort was being made to encroach the lake boundary.

They said that the DC should take steps to measure the lake and protect its complete boundary within a week, failing which, they would complain to the Chief Secretary and Revenue Secretary‘

Demarcate boundaries’

Niranjanmurthy said that the High Court had issued instructions to the State Government to demarcate the boundaries and to make proper fencing all around the lakes and tanks in the State. It also instructed the government to remove unauthorised construction within 30 meters peripheral to the lake area.

He further said that the Court had ordered that silt had to be cleared scientifically and de-weeding work should also be done.

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