Thursday, November 24, 2005

HC lambasts govt over encroachments

HC lambasts govt over encroachments
The Times of India

Bangalore: A division Bench of the High Court has come down heavily on the government on the issue of encroachments in Rajarajeshwarinagar. Virtually making it clear that the area will have to be cleared up, the court asked the government to explore ways to accommodate the encroachers. The court asked sarcastically if the government would pass a blanket order to regularise every violation. The court said the law abiders in Bangalore were suffering while law breakers are enjoying. The recent rain have a tale to tell. The situation had become serious because of encroachments over public drains and sewage lines. The special deputy commissioner, Bangalore, was present in the high court.

The court said the encroachers will have to be dealt with in a humane manner. Carry on with the eviction in accordance with the law. Officers should be polite and courteous but firm. Bring everything here in accordance with rules, the court told the government.

The deputy commissioner has served notices to Ideal Homes, BDA, Rajrajeswarinagar Municipal Council and the 65 site owners, who are in possession of 7 acres 21 guntas of govt land.

Ring road case: The high court has ordered issuance of notices to BDA on the issue of peripheral ring road. One hundred and sixty five land owners in a petition had complained that the BDA, four days after the last date for filing objections to its CDP, proposed to acquire lands other than those demarcated in the plan. The petitioners complained that there were schools, houses and buildings in this area proposed to be acquired.

KSBC poll counting: The counting for the recently held Karnataka State Bar Council elections will begin on Thursday. About 30,000-plus votes have to be counted and the process is expected to take about three weeks. A total of 111 candidates are in the fray for 25 posts.

Term extended: State public prosecutor H S Chandramouli has been given an extension of three years to serve. His term was slated to expire in November 2005.

Residents move court over infrastructure

Bangalore: The residents of Bommanahalli have moved the high court over lack of civic infrastructure. In response to a notice issued by the high court, the CMC commissioner responded saying that the infrastructure works like sewerage facilities would be taken up as and when the funds were made available. The high court was not satisfied with the vague reply. The division bench ordered the Bommanhalli CMC commissioner to file an affidavit within 15 days specifying the time frame when the funds will be made available.


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