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Appeal: The residents of Sathyamangala talking to Deputy Commissioner K.H. Aswathanarayana Gowda in Hassan on Thursday.
Appeal: The residents of Sathyamangala talking to Deputy Commissioner K.H. Aswathanarayana Gowda in Hassan on Thursday.

Staff Correspondent

Residents submit memorandum to Deputy Commissioner

HASSAN: Residents of the villages of Sathyamangala, Indira Nagar and the Dalit colony, led by Sathyamangala Gram Panchayat president Nanje Gowda and District Consumer Forum member Range Gowda, submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner K.H. Aswathanarayana Gowda on Thursday and appealed to him to restore the pathway to their villages.

The residents stated in the memorandum that in Survey Nos. 50, 51 and 52, there was a cart road that they used to reach Hassan.

To prevent encroachment of this road by farmers, the villagers got the survey done in 1963 and 0.21 acre of land was reserved for the road. In 1982 the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) acquired 93 acres — 28 acres of land in Aduvalli and 65 acres of land in Sathyamangala village — for the construction of a regional workshop. Although this did not include the cart road, the KSRTC was now constructing an 8-ft high compound wall in Survey Nos. 50, 51 and 52 under the pretext of building a driving school.

The wall would block the only road connecting their villages to the Hassan main road.

The residents of the affected villages appealed to the Deputy Commissioner to provide an alternative road. They also asked Mr. Aswathanarayana Gowda to ensure a joint inspection by the Survey Department, the Hassan Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the KSRTC.

Mr. Aswathanarayana Gowda assured the delegation that he would solve their problem.

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