Illegal Development from a Development Authority?

Tired of the news that BDA lands have been encroached, read this

The Bangalore Development Authority finds itself in a mess over the Turahalli forest land scam in the wake of a high-level official investigation concluding it had encroached on 35 acres of the deciduous minor forest and recommending a penalty of Rs. 1.06 crore.

The BDA illegally helped itself to a chunk of the 597-acre Turahalli minor forest, about 20 km from Bangalore, to form a residential layout at Banashankari 6th Stage, according to S.M. Jaamdar, Principal Secretary, Revenue Department, and the former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests S. Parameshwarappa. This is a typical case of willful violation of the Forest Conservation Act. The team also found fake documents where 43 sale deeds were registered between July 28, 2006 and August 17, 2006 involving 75 acres of forest land.

Isn’t it amazing to see how the land mafia has engrossed the authorities themselves and the hapazard way this city is let to grow! This area was important from the point of view of biodiversity and conservation of endangered species thus adds onto the ever increasing danger of adverse climatic changes as this seems to be the only lung space for South Bangalore. Let us see how the miscreants will be punished, if at all…

2 Comments so far

  1. silkboard (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 1:07 pm

    So does the “pay up and get regular” rule apply to acts like these as well!?

    Apologies for the plug, but just couldn’t resist it. I feel a strong message – by way of very stern punishments – rarely gets sent out. So small time violators like the ones that “penalty for upto 50% violations” aims to cover, and big time violators like this one – they don’t have a strong deterrent.

  2. Rajesh (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    yes, agreed, even the fine imposed should have been collected by the officials and not paid up by the tax payers money…

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