KARNATAKA

Lease contract of civic amenities sites stalled

In yet another case of illegal allotment of land, the Government directed the Belgaum Urban Development Authority (BUDA) to lease civic amenities (CA) sites to two private trusts.

However, as BUDA was preparing to go ahead with the allotments ignoring due procedure, another organisation approached the Karnataka High Court. The BUDA could not go ahead with the allotments and the matter is still before the court. This came to light recently.

According to the photocopies of the official documents available with The Hindu, Secretary of the Department of Urban Development on January 6, 2010, directed the BUDA Commissioner to lease CA sites in Scheme nos. 40 and 56 to Sri Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Educational and Cultural Trust and Arka Educational and Cultural Trust, Belgaum, under the Karnataka Urban Development (Civic Amenities Sites Allotment) Rules, 1991, for 30 years.

The order was made with “reference” to a letter from Abhay Patil, MLA (Belgaum South), to the Chief Minister on December 20, 2009. The Government responded to the request for provide land on lease to the two trusts within 18 days.

Accordingly, the BUDA Commissioner wrote to both the trusts on January 12, 2010, conveying the Government Order.

The Commissioner, stating that the Government had sanctioned a two-acre CA site of Scheme no. 40 to Sri Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Educational and Cultural Trust, sought copies of the registration document from the trust, audit report for a period of three years and a deposit of Rs. 2 crore 17 lakh and 80 thousand.

In a separate letter to Arka Educational and Cultural Trust, the Commissioner said that the Government had sanctioned 2 acres in H.D. Kumaraswamy Layout in Scheme No. 56and asked for the relevant documents and a deposit of Rs. 2 crore 17 lakh and 80 thousand.

But the Belgaum-based Kalkhamb Education Society, Mahantesh Nagar, and a businessman Basvant Basappa Mailarayya of Somarpet, challenged the Government Order on the grounds of procedural lapses and flouting of rules in sanctioning CA sites to the two trusts.

When asked, BUDA Commissioner V.S. Chougale acknowledged while talking to The Hindu here on Saturday that it was the BUDA's prerogative to sanction/allot CA sites.

He also said that procedural aspects were not observed in these cases.

“I have only followed the order of the Government, and the head of my department. I am not above the Government and was simply obeying the directions issued to me,” said Mr. Chougale, adding that he could not comment on the issue because it is in court.

A BUDA official said once land is leased to private institutions, it is as good as “sold”, as only a nominal sum is collected to sell the land after the end of the lease period.



  • Government directs BUDA to lease civic amenities sites to two private trusts
  • Kalkhamb Education Society and Basvant Basappa Mailarayya of Somarpet challenge it in court