Kalinga Sena, a political outfit, said Bhubaneswar Development Authority should immediately go against the verdict of the High Court which said Bhubaneswar Development Authority had no authority to enforce planning in 556 revenue villages.

“Real estate developers are out to take advantage of the decision. Indications are that unscrupulous builders are planning to acquire vast stretches of agricultural land to erect high rises,” said Hemanta Rath, president of Kalinga Sena, addressing a press conference here on Monday.

He said the panchayat samitis do not have technical capabilities to approve huge projects around Bhubaneswar.

“We suspect BDA authorities are hand in gloves with the real estate developers who are encouraged by the recent HC order. BDA seemed to be delaying in approaching Supreme Court against the order,” Mr. Rath alleged.

The Kalinga Sena chief added that of 178 empanelled builders, 100 developers had their projects in rural areas.