BANGALORE: The BDA on December 17 informed the Karnataka high court that 146 unauthorized layouts have come up in 23 villages in Tippagondanahalli reservoir zone – III area, 1km on either side of the Arkavathy river.
In a preliminary report, BDA also stated that 3,506 residential and 482 non-residential buildings are located in this area. On a court directive, 23 teams of BDA officials conducted a three-day (December 14-16) physical verification of buildings and prepared this report.
Justice AN Venugopala Gowda observed that the report is sketchy and directed the BDA commissioner to file an affidavit on the action taken. Counsel for BMIC Area Planning Authority informed the court there are 54 non-residential buildings in TGR Zone-III and notices have been issued to 13 of them.
A petitioner’s counsel told the court the actual number of villages is 123. He also complained that those outside the BDA limits hadn’t even counted by the authorities.
The court was also informed there are 707 villages in the entire catchment area. The court sought details of them. The court then suggested the setting up of a special committee under a senior officer, not below the rank of the additional chief secretary, to monitor on a daily basis the follow-up action.
All parties agreed to it and gave their suggestions. The name of V Umesh, additional chief secretary, was suggested to head this panel. The court would pass a formal order regarding the constitution of the special committee on December 18.