KARNATAKA

‘AoL has encroached tank'

The State Government on Wednesday informed the Karnataka High Court that the Art of Living International Centre (AoL), founded by Sri Sri Ravishankar, has encroached upon 6.53 hectares (16.289 acres) of Udipalya tank on Kanakapura Road.

A submission in this regard was made before the Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice A.S. Bopanna during the hearing on a public interest litigation petition alleging that the organisation had constructed structures, encroaching upon the water spread area of Udipalya tank.

“The Minor Irrigation Department inspected the tank area and a preliminary inquiry found that the organisation had encroached upon 6.53 ha of tank area. A show cause notice had already been served in this regard but so far there is no response,” government counsel R. Devdas informed the Bench.

The petition, filed in August, claimed that the tank was constructed in 1960s for farmers with a catchment area of 42.52 ha and water spread area of 14.8 ha.

‘Water inflow blocked'

However, it shrunk to about 8 to10 ha, allegedly due to land grabbing. The petitioner alleged Art of Living had encroached the tank and constructed huge structures and a compound wall on the left and the right sides of the canals, blocking water inflow.