Grab around eight acres; put up thatched huts
HOSUR: An eight-acre land in Hosur taluk has been allegedly encroached upon by a few people.
According to the local people, over 150 makeshift thatched huts have come up on 4.5 acres at T. Kothapalli village under the Sevaganapalli panchayat.
The encroached land has been christened as ‘Thiruma Kudiyiruppu’.
For more than 25 years a farmer Venkatagiri (who is no more) had cultivated the land. Venkatagiri’s family members were doing farming on this land till last year, said Yeera Reddy, a farmer. After they stopped cultivating, land grabbers encroached upon this land.
According to a government document, the land was ‘Vari Porompok’ (water way) and a portion a crematorium.
On another 3.5 acres in the same panchayat, encroachers put up another 40 makeshift huts and named it as ‘Sekkarasanampalli Muham”.
In fact, this land was allotted to the Government Higher Secondary School, which is housed in a small building in the village.
According to the government document it was `Meichchal Tharai’ (Cattle rearing land).
In Kakkanur village on Sarjapur National Highway in Hosur about 75 huts have been put up on 2.5 acres by the same group to grab the land in survey number 96/2. Kakkanur village is on the Karnataka Border.
The market value of the land in these areas is around Rs. 1 crore an acre.