Cases have been filed against them for encroachment of forest land
Notice issued to BDA Commissioner Charge sheet against BBMP being prepared
BANGALORE: Cases of encroachment of forest land around Bangalore have been filed against not only Balagangadharanatha Swami of Adichunchanagiri Math, but also others including the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The Forest Department has filed 300 cases of encroachment and other violations on its land.
The department has filed two cases against the BDA for encroaching upon 25 acres of the Turahalli Reserve Forest. This is apart from the case filed against it on charges of encroaching upon 32 acres of the Turahalli Minor Forest.
With regard to the Turahalli Reserve Forest, the department has filed a case against the BDA for allegedly encroaching upon 10 acres of Hemmigepura Survey No. 82 and another for encroaching upon 15 acres of Mailasandra Survey No. 26. The department has issued notice to BDA Commissioner M.K. Shankaralinge Gowda asking why eviction proceedings cannot be initiated against the BDA.
The Forest Department has accused the BBMP of encroaching upon 10 acres of the Jarkebande Reserve Forest that forms a part of Jarkebande Survey No. 59.
The department has acquired the land after issuing show-cause notice to the BBMP Commissioner under Section 64 (a) of the Karnataka Forest Act. It is in the process of filing a charge sheet before the jurisdictional magistrate, where a case is pending.
The Forest Department has filed two cases against Balagangadharanatha Swami. The first is on the charge of encroaching upon 15 guntas of the Turahalli Reserve Forest for building a canteen for Jagadguru Balagangadharanatha Swamiji Education Institute in Kengeri Survey No. 67.
The second has been filed for allegedly encroaching upon seven acres and 20 guntas in Kengeri Survey No. 67 that forms part of the buffer zone of the reserve forest.
The Forest Department's action followed the constitution of the A.T. Ramaswamy Committee in June last to look into the issue of encroachment of government and forest land in and around Bangalore.
The Forest Department has filed 300 cases for encroachment upon nearly 1,100 acres of land in the Turahalli Gudda Minor Forest, the Turahalli Reserve Forest, the Bhootanahalli Minor Forest, the B.M. Kaval Reserve Forest, the Kadugodi Reserve Forest, the Jarkebande Reserve Forest, the Marenahalli Reserve Forest, the Basavanthara Reserve Forest and the Soolikere Reserve Forest.
Gulzar Khan Ibrahim Khan, a resident of Kadugodi New Layout, leads the list as he is alleged to have encroached upon 63 acres of the Kadugodi Reserve Forest.