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THE PROPERTIES ON LAKE BED “NO DEMOLITION PROPOSED” REPORT WITH HOUSE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS PRESENTED

 
 
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THE PROPERTIES ON LAKE BED “NO DEMOLITION PROPOSED” REPORT WITH HOUSE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS PRESENTED
by System Administrator - Thursday, 23 November 2017, 12:20 PM
 
By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: No demolitions is first good news as I feel at no fault them nobody should be punished .The recommendations of the house committee on lake encroachments, not proposing demolition, is a cause of joy at least for house owners who have taken loans to buy the properties and rst of lease amount or one time settlement can be managed in days to come .Karnataka legislative assembly speaker KB Koliwad, who headed the panel, reputedly said on it would be unfair to punish people who had bought properties on encroached lakes and recommended that the state government take over such properties (individual houses, apartments and gated communities) and give it to existing residents on lease. This means the residents will not only be paying EMIs on property loans, they will also have to pay an annual lease fee to the government. A 'one-time settlement' option could also be given to residents.' Vacating properties now will affect lakhs of innocent citizens' .After submitting the 10,000-page report to the government, legislative assembly speaker Koliwad said the committee felt if encroached properties are vacated now, it would affect lakhs of people. "There are flats, apartments and houses constructed by builders, developers and housing societies. Innocent people bought properties and live there. It's unfair to punish such citizens as it's not their mistake,” he said.The recommendations also include announcing lakes as 'dead' where rejuvenation is not possible. Punishment for officers :The committee concluded that negligence of government officials and greed of builders and developers were a major cause of lake encroachment.To prevent encroachment in future, it recommended filing criminal cases against officials, and seizing movable and immovable properties of these builders and developers .Koliwad claimed the report as historic, where every detail of encroachment has been given including names, areas, maps, survey numbers, etc., and uploaded to the website. He said the committee had served notices on 11,000 encroachers before preparing the report and 1,500 have responded to the notices. Properties on rajakaluves: The panel recommended not to demolish buildings constructed on rajakaluves (storm water drains) and if possible, to change their course by maintaining the same width in the area.Koliwad said 10,786 acres of lake area were encroached upon in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts which included 7,531 acres by private entities and 3,257 acres by government agencies. Nearly 1,000 lakes have been encroached upon, partially or fully.The report said the Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) encroached upon 23 lakes and allotted sites by making layouts for people. Several politicians, including chief minister Siddaramaiah and revenue minister Kagodu Thimmappa, had bought such sites and sold them later. The panel has recommended charging a Lake Development Cess from owners of such sites. According to the report, 501 acres 11 guntas have been encroached upon rajakaluves in BBMP limits by 2,083 people. The report by the legislature committee, constituted to study and ascertain the extent of lake encroachments in and around Bengaluru, could spell trouble for many if the encroachers were to be taken to task. An analysis of lake encroachments, allegedly by private establishments and individuals, shows as many as 81 private apartments and layouts have come up on various lakebeds in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts. Bengaluru Urban district leads with the lion's share -- 74 residential units sitti on lake areas.Within the Urban district, Bengaluru east taluk leads the chart, with 29 cases of encroachments, followed by Bengaluru south taluk (20) and Anekal taluk (14).Bengaluru Rural district has seven such cases.According to the report , 10,785 acres (nearly 18%) of lake areas have been encroached upon in Bengaluru Urban and Rural.Apart from private residential units, layouts by government agencies, commercial establishments, graveyards, parks and roads have also come up on lakebeds in the two districts. The committee studied 1,547 lakes in and around Bengaluru covering an area of 57,932 acres. Of this, only 46,289 acres are intact. Legislators and Corporators and developers and builders among encroachers ? :The committee, led by assembly speaker K B Koliwad, said there has been an organized nexus to encroach upon lake areas in and around Bengaluru. As per the report, many builders and corporators are among violators and developers, housing corporations and individuals too are a part of it. While in many cases fake documents have been created, there are also instances of the needy and the homeless encroaching upon lake areas, points out the report. It further states that while many builders have responded to notices issued to them, some have made statements through the media. "There are plans to move a privilege motion against such builders,” the report adds.Some builders have responded "smartly” to the notices, seeking resurvey of their properties. "Some have said they have got all sanctions for construction and purchase from the civic agencies concerned as per rules,” the report adds. The BDA R&R AC is not bother about RTI Act .No RTI replies No first appeals .It has not published declaration under section 4(1) (a) (b) (c) (d) on its website in respect of R&R . The KIC should take task action on BDA R&R for these blunders. BDA and State Government has to publish every year the work they carry out or the information they create under 4(1) (a) (b) (c) every day ,but it did not published all the work carried out by the BDA and government under section 4(1) (a) (b) (c) (d) of RTI Act 2005 and it has not provided citizens and opportunity to ask the reasons under section 4(1) (a) (b) (c) (d) . This information and reasons need to be provided to everybody as per Guide on RTI to Information Act 2005 published by the Government of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department of Personnel & Training (available here :http://rti.gov.in/RTICorner/Guideonrti.pdf) on page 12 and Para 9, following is stated: Providing Reasons for Decisions: The public authorities take various administrative and quasi-judicial decisions which affect the interests of certain persons. It is mandatory for the concerned public authority to provide reasons for such decisions to the affected persons. It may be done by using appropriate mode of communication .Attention is also invited towards the thread 'affected person ' under rti act.In fact, it can be said that "Affected" refers back to an action. The "Affected Persons" are the ones who are affected by that action. The reasons need to be given to affected person and copy of that can be given to me under 2 f of RTI Act. The KSOU office is THE PUBLIC AUTHORITY under obligation to provide information "PUBLICLY” under section 4(1) (a) (b) (c) (d). The state government and all its departments need to publish everything they do in year as per RTI Act 2005 and this need to be published every year and applicant asking information becomes easier to provide also to the applicant and Government becomes transparent .