Koliwad committee on lakes extends date as encroachers don't give a damn

Koliwad committee on lakes extends date as encroachers don

Submitted by Rashmi on Wed, 2016-03-16 19:49 Bengaluru: The Koliwad Committee looking into the issue of encroachment of lakes in Bengaluru has asked the encroachers to file replies by March 31. The last date to file replies was February 29 but the committee has now extended the date to March 31. In Bengaluru urban, out of 4146 private parties who had been served notices, only 2693 responded while in Bengaluru Rural district, out of 7,618 persons who had been served notices, only 341 have replied till date. Notices were also served to 335 government organisations, out of which only University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) has replied till date. V Shankar, Deputy Commissioner, Bengaluru Urban, said, “If we don't get responses from individual defaulters by Mar 31, we will consider that they have agreed to vacate the land and take possession of it. We also plan to hold a meeting with the heads of government department.” KB Koliwad, chairman of the legislative assembly committee (LAC) on lake encroachment, said, “Some encroachers are ready to give alternative land to the government. Those who have encroached five acres of land are ready to give six acres. Some are ready to pay money for the encroached land. We will submit the final report to the speaker by August 31.” Koliwad confessed that the response from government institutions had been poor and that the deputy commissioners of the two districts have been directed to send reminders to the encroachers. Those who do not reply to the notices by March 31 will be deemed to have encroached lake property, said Koliwad. Don't want a repeat of Chennai floods in Bengaluru: Referring to the recent flood havoc in Chennai, Koliwad said, “We do not want such a situation to repeat in Bengaluru. Hence, I have directed officials of the directorate of survey, settlement and land records to submit progress reports to the committee on the survey every 15 days. The committee has also issued a directive that the survey of all the rajukaluves should be completed within the next one-and-a-half months.”