Bengaluru: In a big boost for city's ever-shrinking green cover, the forest department will take possession of a precious 17-acre land in Kothnur village, KR Puram taluk, and develop it into a park after it won a legal battle against ex-servicemen society who laid claim to the land.
Speaking to bfirst.in, Dipika Bajpai, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Bengaluru Urban, said the case involving the land had been pending in court for many days.
"As the ex-servicemen society claimed that the land belonged to them, the case went to High Court and then Supreme Court. Fortunately, the SC gave a judgment in our favour," said Dipika, adding that the department had taken possession of the land on Wednesday. "The land was worth Rs 200 crores, " she added.
The land comes under survey number 47. "Within a week or so, we will take up the plantation work and will create a huge lung space for the citizens," said Dipika.
Last year, the forest department had developed a Tree Park on the neglected Hennur lake bed area.