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BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) for arbitrarily notifying and denotifying lands for the prestigious Kempe Gowda Layout.
Ticking off the agency, the court said sarcastically it was destroying Bangalore in the name of Kempe Gowda, the city's founder, and the BDA was doing a disservice by taking up lopsided developmental work in his name.
Criticising the faulty planning of the layout, the court asked the BDA to place before it all relevant records by January 19, 2011.
The petitioners, Achamma and others, all of Kengeri, submitted to Justice D.V. Shylendra Kumar that though the BDA issued preliminary notification in 2004 to acquire 4,800 acres, it deleted 770 acres in the final notification in 2010.
When lands belonging to other people can be denotified, why cannot our lands be denotified too, the petitioners asked. Some of them said they are agriculturists whose land had been acquired for the layout. They urged the court to come to their aid and direct the BDA to denotify their lands.
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