Karnataka residents force state government to order probe into the illegal construction at Hemmigepura in Bengaluru

The Karnataka government has recently ordered an investigation into an alleged encroachment of gomala (grazing) land located at the U.M. Kaval in Hemmigepura ward of R.R. Nagar zone in Bengaluru.

It has been directed to the tahsildar by the Principal Secretary of the Revenue Department to probe into the matter. The matter came into light when the local residents flagged issues about the alleged illegal construction which started on March 9. Although, the identity of the people who are behind this construction project still needs to be known. The L shaped land has a tertiary drain, which is significant as it carries water to the main stormwater drain. The water flows into Agara lake.

The residents then wrote to the Assistant Engineer, BBMP and Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF), but did not receive any help. After that, they filed a complaint with the Deputy Lokayukta about the alleged encroachment and illegal construction. Finally, the residents decided to organise a march on March 27 to highlight the alleged illegal construction and buildings. Subsequently, on March 28, the work finally stopped.
(With inputs from The Hindu)

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