basavaraj bommai: CM Basavaraj Bommai rescinds land conversion notification from Bangalore Development Authority after public outrage | Bangalore News

BENGALURU: Bangalore Development Authority’s notification issued for change of land use from ‘water body’ to ‘residential area’ at Doddabettahalli near Yelahanka citing mapping error spiked Thursday night by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, following a public outcry.
The CM has ordered BDA Commissioner Rajesh Gowda to take tough action against those responsible for issuing the notice to convert the nature of a 4.2 acre piece of land.
The issue had snowballed into a controversy with groups of citizens crying foul over the move, which they say would have resulted in the disappearance of another lake in the city. It all started with a blunder in interviewing officials during the preparation of a Revised Master Plan (RMP)-2015, sources said.
As citizens slam the civic body for trying to hand over a ‘water feature’ to a private builder to turn it into residential land even as Bengaluru is troubled by continuous rains, BDA officials have claimed that there was no body of water in the said area and that it was a “cartographic error”. A BDA member town planner told TOI that an ‘abandoned stone quarry’ had been wrongly attributed to a ‘body of water’.
BDA engineer said that in 2008 3.2 acres of land on survey number 56 and additional 4.2 acres on survey number 1 in Doddabettahalli village within Yelahanka boundaries were sold auctioned by the Department of Revenue. “M/s Umra Developers had become the highest bidder and ownership was transferred in 2015 by the revenue department. It has been confirmed to be used for residential purposes according to the Deputy Urban Commissioner of Bengaluru,” the engineer said.
But the real problem started when the RMP-2015 classified the land as “water bodies” as identified by surveyors. “A clarification was sought from the tahsildar of Yelahanka in 2016. The tahsildar, after visiting the site, reported in 2018 that there were no reservoirs in boreholes number 1 and 56 in the village of Doddabettahalli but that there was a stone quarry. The inspection report left us in disarray as to future action. At the same time, Umra Developers asked the High Court to declare that BDA did not authorize the development of the land, claiming it as a “body of water” although the Revenue Department granted permission for its use. for residential purposes,” the engineer said.
Based on the High Court verdict and previous judgements, BDA officials released the land use change proposal in 2015, seeking public objections.
“We offered to convert the land under Section 14-A of the Karnataka Planning Act explaining that it was a cartographic error. The planning committee has decided to refer the matter to the Bengaluru Metropolitan Planning Committee (BMPC) as per the judgment of the HC,” the BDA engineer added.
The BMPC also gave a green signal for land conversion. “At that time, the RMP-2031 project had also reserved the same land for residential purposes and the conversion proposal was cancelled. It was also forwarded to the applicant. They sold the land to another developer later,” the official said.
But the government withdrew its interim approval for RMP-2031, forcing the developer to file a new land use change application. “As per their request, we have republished the notice under cartographic error, seeking objections. Since the RMP surveyors mistakenly considered the quarry to be a body of water, all these confusions have arisen,” said BDA Planning Member Dhananjaya Reddy.