MUDA had acquired 55 acres of land in Kergalli to develop a residential layout
`Denotification of land will deny sites to aspirants' Site aspirants stage demonstration outside MUDA office
MYSORE: The Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) has decided to write to the State Government to reconsider its decision to denotify 55 acres of land in Kergalli on the outskirts of the city.
Deputy Commissioner Selva Kumar, who is chairman of MUDA, told presspersons that MUDA at its meeting here on Tuesday had decided to urge the State Government to reconsider its decision to denotify land in Kergalli, which had been acquired by the MUDA to create a residential layout.
`Waiting since a decade'
The Government's decision to denotify the land acquired by MUDA had come in for criticism from site aspirants, who had been waiting for allotment of sites for more than a decade now.
Several site aspirants had gathered outside the MUDA offices on Tuesday and accused the Government of favouring private developers. The denotification of land acquired by MUDA to facilitate private developers would deny sites to more than 1.5 lakh aspirants who are in the waiting list.
The site aspirants, who held a demonstration under the aegis of Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore (ACICM), claimed that MUDA had begun work on the layout by laying a drainage system and forming roads.
"If the MUDA-acquired land is denotified, it will not only result in loss of tax-payers' money but also deprive sites to aspirants. The private developer will enjoy a huge financial benefit by creating sites and selling them at an exorbitant rate," they said.
The ACICM convenor Lakshmana, who led the protest, has threatened to file a writ petition in the High Court if the Government does not withdraw its order on denotifying the land. Mr. Lakshmana said the Government's decision had come as a shock to site aspirants in Mysore.
Resenting the entry of private developers into the real estate market of Mysore, Mr. Lakshmana said MUDA had not been able to distribute sites since two years as private developers, who enjoy the support of the Government, had purchased large chunks of land around the city. "The value of land in Mysore has skyrocketed and the middle class are not in a position to purchase either a site or a house because of the real estate boom," he said.
Pointing out that no land was available for MUDA within 25 km around the city as private developers had purchased them all, Mr. Lakshmana said MUDA has no more than 80 acres of land in its possession for creation of residential layouts.
"How will MUDA provide sites to more than 1.5 lakh people, who are on the waiting list?" he asked.
He urged the Government to direct private developers, who had created residential layouts, to set aside 50 per cent of sites on their layouts for distribution by MUDA to site aspirants .