Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Thursday alleged that the State Government purchased 175 acres of land for the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences at Ramanagara paying Rs. 40 lakh an acre at Archakarahalli when H.D. Kumaraswamy was the Chief Minister, and so far Rs. 7.5 crore had been paid.

Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the guidance value at Doddmannugudde village, near Archakarahalli was Rs. 2.5 lakh and Rs. 3.38 lakh for dry and horticultural land respectively.

At the nearby Belagumba village, the value was Rs. 1.5 lakh and Rs. 2 lakh, and at Bolappanahalli Rs. 4 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh, respectively. But, the price was raised to Rs. 30 lakh and Rs. 37.50 lakh for these categories of land in Archakarahalli, where the university needed it.

For some pieces of land in Ramanagara, the Government acquired it paying Rs. 40 lakh an acre which was 10 times higher.

‘Interference’

Mr. Yeddyurappa said these details showed that the previous government had interfered in fixing guidance value, much higher than the market value burdening the exchequer to help their people.

He said that this deal had to be inquired into.

The Chief Minister alleged that the KIADB on March 31, 2008 acquired 918 acres at Dhummanahalli and Singahalli in Devanahalli taluk for an industrial estate paying an amount in the range of Rs. 55 lakh to Rs. 57 lakh and paid Rs. 321 crore. But, the KHB had paid Rs. 50 lakh an acre at Jangamahalli and other villages in Sidlaghatta taluk, which was not high.

This area is just five km from where the KIADB had purchased 918 acres, he added.

Mr.Yeddyurappa said that Rs.9 lakh to Rs.11 lakh was paid for an acre of land at Kenchatavalli, Samudravalli, Gekaravalli and Bhuvanahalli villages in Hassan for the airport, whereas the guidance value was in the range of Rs. 42,000 to Rs.1.48 lakh, an acre.

Earlier, Transport Minister R. Ashok informed the Assembly, after the Opposition walkout, that in 2006-07, the KHB purchased 750 acres at Hinnakki, Masaroor and Lingapura of Anekal taluk for the Suryanagara second stage layout. The government paid Rs. 34 lakh an acre and a 30 X 40 ft site to the farmer, whereas the guidance value was in the range of Rs.1.25 lakh to Rs.1 lakh, an acre.

The other towns where the previous government made higher payments for land were Koppal (Rs.7 lakh where as the guidance value was Rs.40,000), Mangalore (Rs.14 lakh, guidance value Rs. 2.60 lakh), Mysore (Rs.16 lakh, guidance value Rs. 2 lakh), Nanjangud (Rs. 8.50 lakh, guidance value Rs.2 lakh), Gulbarga airport (Rs.1.25 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh, guidance value between Rs. 22,000 to Rs.40,000) and Shimoga airport (Rs.7 lakh, guidance value between Rs.38,000 and Rs.2.80 lakh).

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