Their houses have reportedly encroached upon the Hunasinakere tank area
The Department of Minor Irrigation has issued an eviction notice to 150 residents of Devi Nagar in Hunasinakere Layout as their houses have encroached upon the Hunasinakere tank area.
The residents received the notice on September 27 and they have to vacate their houses within seven days. Many of them have been residing in the layout for more than 20 years. The layout has basic amenities such as underground drainage system as well as drinking water and electricity supply.
The Assistant Executive Engineer of Minor Irrigation Department, in the notice, said that the encroachment of Hunasinkere tank was a violation under Section 67 of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964. “The occupants should vacate the place within seven days after receiving the notice,” the notice said and warned of strict legal action in case of failure to do so.
On Tuesday, the residents staged a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here and submitted a memorandum demanding withdrawal of the notice and issuance of certificate of right over the land.
“We have staged protests several times demanding right over the land. But our demand was not fulfilled though we have been living here for more than 20 years,” said Eshwarachar, a resident of the locality. He said that when H.D. Deve Gowda was Chief Minister, their locality was provided all basic amenities.
“Each family has at least six members. If we are forced to leave, where should we go,” asked Krishnamurthy, another resident.