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RECOVERING LOST GROUND:The demolition squad removing the petrol dispensing unit during the demolition of a petrol outlet near Circuit House in Mangalore on Thursday.
MANGALORE: The revenue authorities on Thursday demolished a petrol station that had come up on government land near the Circuit House on National Highway No. 17 here. It was allegedly encroached by a dealer of the Indian Oil Corporation.
According to Assistant Commissioner Prabhuling Kavalikatti, the State Government had given on lease 10 cents of land to Dulcine D'Souza for setting up a petrol station in 1986.
As against the leased land, Ms. D'Souza allegedly occupied 42 cents of the government land and set up six petrol dispensing units and four storage tanks.
Following the order of Deputy Commissioner Subodh Yadav on Wednesday, the authorities took action to clear the encroached portion of land, Mr. Kavalikatti said. The police, the personnel from the Fire and Emergency Services, and the Indian Oil Corporation officials were involved in the operation.
Victor D'Souza, brother-in-law of Ms. D'Souza, said that the State Government allotted 10 cents of land under a scheme meant to encourage self-employment.
He said that the had Government permitted Ms. D'Souza to use the additional 15 cents of land by approving the site plan. Based on this plan, the IOC set up fuel dispensing units and the storage tanks at the site.
However, Mr. D'Souza said there was nothing in writing from the Government to permit his sister-in-law to use the additional 15 cents of land. Following objection raised by the neighbouring site owner, the then Deputy Commissioner Bharatlal Meena issued notice to clear the encroachment.
The dispute reached the Karnataka High Court and it directed the Revenue Department authorities on December 15, 2010, to provide an opportunity to Ms. D'Souza and IOC before eviction.
Mr. D'Souza said the Deputy Commissioner had assured him to take a considerate view about the use of land during the proceedings held following the High Court order.
“I was shocked to know about the eviction order. We will be questioning the decision before the High Court. We have not done anything illegal,” he said.
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