As one of the first measures to tackle encroachments, Bangalore University officials, along with Regional Commissioner K. Shivaram, oversaw the demolition of a compound wall as well as a shed opposite Kuvempu Bhasha Bharathi Pradhikara in Mallathahalli on Saturday.
The university said the 1.5 acres, which belongs to it, had been encroached by the Kanyakumari Vidya Samasthe (KVS).
Mr. Shivaram who visited the site, on survey number 118, ordered the demolition of the compound wall constructed by KVS as well as the shed.
Registrar (Administration) B.C. Mylarappa told journalists that Mr. Shivaram had confirmed that the land belonged to the university.
However, school secretary Hombanna said it was the school’s property and he would go to court. “I paid over Rs. 16.53 lakh in 1986 and bought the land from the government to use it as a playground. Instead of demolishing the compound on our land, the university should have asked the government who gave us this land. They have demolished without giving us any notice,” he said.
To this, Mr. Mylarappa said the government allotted the land to the university in 1974 and the university had the documents to prove it. The property, which was on the main road, was worth around Rs. 15 crore.
He said there were several other private entities that had encroached upon 119 acres of the university land. “I will not spare anybody and will reclaim every inch of the land that belongs to the university. We will issue a notice to them and ask them to vacate within seven days,” he said.