The process of denotifying some parcels of land acquired for Shivaram Karanth Layout has started, alleges BJP
Even before the controversy over the denotification of land acquired by Bangalore Development Authority for Arkavathi Layout has died down, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah finds himself in a fresh denotification row. The Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday accused him of beginning the process of denotifying some parcels of land acquired for Shivaram Karanth Layout here.
At a press conference here, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar and BJP State president Pralhad Joshi maintained that the party had learnt that the process of denotifying nearly 100 acres of land in the Shivaram Karanth Layout, adjacent to the international airport road, had been set into motion.
Mr. Shettar produced copies of a letter, dated April 7, 2014, written by the Deputy Commissioner (Land Acquisition) of the BDA to a landowner stating that 4.06 acres of land belonging to him (the landowner) would be kept out of the acquisition process despite issuing a preliminary notification for acquisition as the Special Land Acquisition Officer had ordered against acquiring the land.
Mr. Shettar described this as the beginning of the process of denotifying land acquired for the Shivaram Karanth Layout.
Taking serious exception to the Revenue Department changing the ownership from the BDA to the landowners in the RTCs (Record of Rights, Tenancy and Crops) of the denotified lands, which were initially acquired for the Arkavathi Layout, Mr. Shettar demanded that status quo should be maintained with respect to the ownership till the investigation and legal inquiries regarding the matter were settled.
‘Change panel chiefs’
The BJP termed the appointment of Ministers as chairpersons of the two joint legislature committees constituted to look into the alleged violation of norms by the promoters of Bangalore–Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project and the alleged irregularities in power purchase, as deviation from parliamentary practices and traditions. Mr. Joshi demanded that the chiefs of these committees be changed immediately.