Encroached: 10,000 acres of Forest Land in and Around Bangalore


Encroached: 10,000 acres of Forest Land in and Around Bangalore

From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore

Bangalore, Apr 28: Over 10,000 acres of forest land in and around Bangalore has been encroached by land developers, industries, Bangalore Development Authority and educational institutions.

This dire state of affairs was revealed by Karnataka’s Forest Minister C P Yogeshwar in Bangalore on Saturday.

Fast track court would be set up to settle over 70,000 cases and recover encroached forest lands in 40 blocks, he said.

The extent of forest lands in 40 blocks was spread over 24,000 acres. But barely 11,000 acres was under the control of the department in and around Bangalore.

The erstwhile rulers of Mysore had given 600 acres to the HMT factory. But the factory management has sold 20 acres.

The BDA and private land developers had encroached forest land and formed housing sites.

The department would create 40 separate files block-wise and assign responsibility to officials to recover lands.

Encroached lands would be developed into parks for the benefit of the public, he said.
Bangalore University and Electronic City buildings too have been constructed on forest lands.

The department has recovered encroached forest land at Turahalli in the city and built a compound wall to protect the land, he said.
 

Nagarahole forest fires
 
Principal Conservator of Forests B K Sing, who has inspected forest fires in Nagarahole National Park (NNP), said some tribals on instigation by their leader and NGOs put fire in park causing damage to the extent of 509 hectares.

In his report on forest fires submitted to the Forest Department, Singh said: ''The fire was started by some tribals on the instigation of their leaders and NGOs. It has been planned systematically and implemented by some had picked few tribals of Gondigadde, Nagarahole Gadde, and Bommadhadi.”

The fire was started in 15 to 20 different places adjoining Kaitode, Marappa, and Kunturhadlus on February 26, 2012.

“While determining the rights under the Forest Rights Act, there was pressing demand of survey of these hadlus for their rights of the tribals, who left the place 10 years ago and were not in possession, as on cut of date of December 13, 2005. Tribals came forward to claim the right in 2011,” the report said.

Comment on this article

  • SIDDAPUR ABDUL RAHEEMAN SAHEB, SIDDAPUR/KARNATAKA/SAUDIA

    Sun, Apr 29 2012

    When the land has been encroaching what the government/officers/responcible institutions are doing?Punish them frist and then go to take action against encroachers.Surprising no body is raising this issue...why?

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  • Jawar D'Souza, M'lore/Doha

    Sun, Apr 29 2012

    This is only a initial findings eventually the figure will be atleast 3 to 4 times than now. Keep it up guy's. The only answer to this solution to this all the land should be consficated by the Govt, no pvt land only Govt land. Govt has to distribute the land to the people only as per their need's, The we can find out who will encroach what.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Sun, Apr 29 2012

    Encroachment happens everywhere when there is shortage of land for any developmental or residential purposes. But our Government fails to control the resale of encroached land for profit making business. When we know that land can be used for any developmental works, Government should lease them on existing market rate for say 100 years or less. Unfortunately our Politicians take bribe or party fund while encroachment and after few years they cry foul

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  • Rakesh shetty, mangalore

    Sun, Apr 29 2012

    ALL LAND WAS SWALLOWED BY CONGRESS LEADERS.

    IT IS STARTED WHEN SM KRISHNA WAS CM. AFTER THAT EVERYBODY FOLLOWED HIM.

    WHEN BJP LEAD GOVERNMENT IN STATE, EVERYTHING GETS STOPPED.

    HATS OFF TO YEDDI AND DVS FOR THEIR GOOD WORK IN KARNATAKA. JAI HO.

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  • Gerald, modankap-bantval

    Sun, Apr 29 2012

    THOSE WHO TRUST AND INVESTED IN THE SITES WHAT WILL HAPPENS TO THEM ??? WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MESS ? I DONT THINK 60 YEAR CONGI !!! I GUESS THE 04 YEAR OLD BJP KARNAMA BEHIND THIS MESS !!!

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Sat, Apr 28 2012

    Powerful, influential, real estate mafia and politicians are not only encroached forest land Bangalore city, but through out Karnataka if probe committee to be formed.See how WAKF lands are encroached through out Karnataka!!! What happened A.T Rama Swamy committee formed for probing encroach of govt lands around Bangalore City?The committee was formed during HDK rule and finding was kept aside by BJP govt because BJP MLAs/BJP sympathizer/other politicians and real estate mafia were also involved.

    CP Yogeshwar,Forest Minister,a 420 minister having lot of cases of corruption against him.His sudden enlightenment regarding the issue might be some agenda which suits him well.

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