Bangalore, Apr 20: The Karnataka Government has identified 1,600 hectares of Government land encroached upon by private people in and around the city, Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar said today.
Speaking to newspersons here, he said of this, 200 hectares had already been taken possession of by the Government officials and efforts would be made to identify the remaining 6,400 hectares of land.
Mr Shettar said the Karnataka Land Revenue Act would be amended to ensure that documents related to the land auctioned under this category was formalised within a month. If need be, an ordinance would be promulgated to punish those officials who had connived with the encroachers with seven years imprisonment and fine, he added.
Replying to queries, he said the Government was ready to announce the names of 600 encrochers. He denied there was any politician's name in the list and said political leaders might be having benami dealings in such cases. There were cases in which individuals had encroached upon over 35 hectares of Government land, he added.
The Minister said inquiry was in progress with regard to encroachment of land in other districts of the State.