news Tuesday, May 05, 2015 - 05:30
A complaint alleging that the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has developed 50 layouts by encroaching upon lake beds has been filed before the Upalokayukta, reported Deccan Herald. Taking cognizance of this, Upalokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi has issued notices to Urban Development Department, Deputy Commissioner (Bengaluru Urban), BDA Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of Lake Development Authority (LDA) to explain the exact number of layouts formed by the BDA on lake beds within the buffer zone. The BDA has however has said that it had formed only 15 such layouts. The Upalokayukta has been receiving several complaints in connection with survey, demarcation and encroachments ever since the demolition of illegal structures began at Sarakki lake and Banaswadi lake.  "In view of such serious allegations, I have directed the heads concerned to furnish the exact number of such layouts formed by the BDA and whether any action has been initiated to remove such constructions. In case such layouts are excluded, then the reason for excluding them,” Justice Adi was quoted by the paper. A complaint demanding the removal of encroachments at Venkatarayanakere where BDA layout has been developed was also filed. “With respect to Venkatarayanakere, the BDA submitted that since the layout was already formed it was not feasible to cancel now. After spending a huge amount, cancelling the layout would cause heavy financial burden. The government was asked whether such layouts would be removed and lakes restored. But the government directed the BDA to take a decision in its board meeting,” the paper quoted Justice Adi.