About Rs 50,000 cr of govt land encroached

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Bangalore, Nov 29 (UNI) Over 41,000 acres of government land, worth about Rs 50,000 crore had been encroached in Karnataka, Joint Legislature Committee on Land Encroachments in Bangalore, Urban District Chairman A T Ramaswamy said today.

Talking to newspersons after submitting the Committee's final report to Governor Rameshwar Thakur here, he said, he had urged the Governor to take appropriate action against the land mafia.

He said he also submitted a final report to the Governor following the dissolution of Karnataka assembly.

Mr Ramaswamy said the report contained in detail the extent of land encroachment and names of land grabbers, including VVIPs.

Encroachment of over 41,000 acres of government land, belonging to 12 different departments, with an involvement of 45,863 persons in land grabbing in this district alone, was detected by the Committee.

The government had recovered only 8,717 acres of land from them so far, he said.

Stating that maximum land grabbing was detected in Ankekal taluk with more than 10,000 acres, he said the Committee had a definite report on the encroachment of 12,000 acres more in and around the city. There were encroached lands which will fetch more than Rs five crore per acre, he said.

''The rot and corruption that has consumed the system both at the official and non-official levels was so huge that it is doubtful whether this alarming situation could be remedied at all'', he doubted.

Mr Ramaswamy said he urged the Governor to treat the matter seriously and take necessary steps to control it.

The Committee, consisting 20 MLAs and MLCs belonging to all political parties, was formed in 2006 by JD(S)-BJP coalition government headed by former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy after a detailed discussion on the issue.

UNI

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