Bengaluru: In a huge relief to thousands of residents of Siddarthanagar, Income Tax Layout, K.C. Nagar and J.C. Nagar, coming under Kurubarahalli Survey No. 4 and Alanahalli Survey No. 41, the State Cabinet has decided to drop the controversial ‘B Kharab’ (government land) classification. These layouts have been formed years ago from the land that was sanctioned by City Improvement Trust Board (CITB) now Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA).
The Cabinet that met in Bengaluru yesterday under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Siddharamaiah decided to drop the ‘B Kharab’ classification for 205.09 acres at Siddarthanagar, 105 acres at K.C. Nagar and 44.02 acres at J.C. Nagar. In all, the classification will be dropped from 354.11 acres of land.
These layouts will now be transferred to MUDA by the government and later, MUDA will find solutions to the problems faced by the residents.
Disclosing this to Star of Mysore, Krishnaraja MLA M.K. Somashekar said that the Cabinet has found a solution to the problems faced by the residents since the last three years.
“The government will now inform the Cabinet decision to the Karnataka High Court where some petitions regarding the issue are pending. After the Court procedure is completed, the Government will issue a notification in this regard,” he said.
“The residents need not pay any fine as decided by the Cabinet. There was tremendous pressure on CM Siddharamaiah and he had consulted the legal experts a couple of times. Finally, our efforts bore fruits,” he added.
On May 26, 2015, the then Mysuru Deputy Commissioner had declared Kurubarahalli Survey No. 4 and Alanahalli Survey No. 41 as ‘B Kharab.’
A total of 710.17 acres out of the 1,543 acres that has been declared as ‘B Kharab’ in Kurubarahalli Survey No. 4, and 74 acres out of 175 acres of Alanahalli Survey No. 41 have been taken over by MUDA 70 years back to form layouts.
Opposing the ‘B Kharab’ classification, residents of the said layouts had staged protest more than 20 times and even formed human chains. In their several representations to the government through elected representatives and Residents Welfare Associations, people had appealed to the government to hear their legitimate demands.
Following continuous agitations by people of the localities coming under the two survey numbers, the State Government had constituted an eight-member committee to look into the writ petitions filed in the High Court. The committee submitted a report to the Government and opined that as the layouts have been formed years ago from the land that has been sanctioned by CITB, it was legitimate to exclude the layouts from ‘B Kharab’ classification.
The lands had been purchased by over 25,000 people from MUDA in 1970s. However, they are yet to get land records, in spite of them being legal owners of the land. Hence, everything had come to a standstill as they are neither able to sell their houses nor build extra floors for the past three years. Now the Cabinet decision to drop the ‘B Kharab’ classification has come as a relief for them.