Even as the Opposition is gunning the B.S. Yeddyurappa Government over denotification of land, it has now come to light that lawmaker Rajeev Chandrasekhar, who is also convener of the government-created ABIDe, had expressed concern over indiscriminate denotification of lands in Bangalore and had written an official letter to the Chief Minister to put an end to the practice.
In a letter to the Chief Minister dated February 5, 2010, Mr. Chandrasekhar alleged that the denotification process was losing transparency.
“In most of the cases, the denotification is pertaining to lands acquired by urban development authorities like Bangalore Development Authority. It appears that owners of some properties are being helped through such a process. The intention for the pressure on denotification of land is the fact that the land prices have shot up due to the development of layouts by government or government agencies,” he had said.
He demanded an end to the ad hoc withdrawal of notifications regarding land acquisition and sought that denotification process should be confined to only a few instances, such as construction of schools, colleges, hospitals and community halls.
Meanwhile, speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Chandrasekhar said that “at present process of denotification has given wide discretion to administration, leading to large-scale corruption. Public land is a resource like minerals and spectrum, and the Government should be cautious while handing over its right to private firms or individual.”
Pointing out that ABIDe had discussed in detail the public land management, acquisition of land for public purposes and denotification of acquired land, he said that the ABIDe in its report on “Governance Bengaluru” submitted to the Government suggested adopting a transparent public land management process.
KIADB officials on Saturday said that the industrial land returned by the family members of Mr. Yeddyurappa will rest with the board as these lands were acquired many years ago for industrial purpose.
Two acres each industrial land around Bangalore city allotted to Messrs Fluid Power Tech Private Ltd., Messrs Condor Business Solution Ltd. and Messrs Fycom Energy Private Ltd., all firms owned by the family members of the Chief Minister, had been returned to the KIADB, the official said.
The officials also clarified that 5.34 acres of land granted to another company of the family — Messrs Sahyadri Healthcare and Diagnostics Ltd., was not handed over to them and hence the allotment process had been stopped.