Staff Reporter

Bangalore: Tuesday's Supreme Court judgement on Arkavathy Layout has rekindled the hopes of allottees who have been waiting for years to start constructing houses on the sites they were allotted.

“Although I was allotted the site and also got it registered, I cannot build a house on it. I am paying a steep interest on the bank loan and I only hope there is some relief for us now,” L. Ramesh, one of the allottees, said.

Meanwhile, owners, whose land was acquired for forming the layout, are anxious as they do not know what the judgment would mean for them.

S. Nagaraj, one of the owners whose land was acquired in Jakkur for the layout, said: “I do not know what the judgment means. But if they want to conduct a survey again let them conduct and give us justice. After my agricultural land was acquired, I am sustaining on loans,” he said.

In 2004, the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) issued the final notification for acquiring 2,750 acres of land for forming the layout. Although the initial plan was to allot 20,000 sites, the number was reduced to 8,813.

Many farmers, who were to lose their land had filed a case in the Karnataka High Court. They approached the Supreme Court when the High Court ruled in favour of the BDA.

After the final notification, the BDA allotted the land to 8,813 applicants. But dissenting owners of 686 acres filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court, thereby leaving the allottees in the lurch.

BDA officials refused to comment on the judgment and said they were yet to get a copy. “We do not know whether this verdict will bring relief or open another Pandora's box. It is alright if the resurvey is only for 686 acres of land that is under dispute,” he said.

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