Swallowing lakes: Prestige, Bagmane, Sobha and 62 others named

Many real estate firms have been named in the lake encroachment report submitted in Karnataka Legislative Assembly

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Bengaluru: After an extensive report by the committee headed by the Assembly Speaker KB Koliwad, presented in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly that revealed that over 10,000 acres of lake area encroachment in and around Bengaluru, many real estate firms are under scanner.

The report states that 10,785 acres or around 18% of lake area has been encroached in 1,547 lakes in the two districts and also names over 75 companies in a list of offenders. This includes some of Bengaluru biggest realtors like Prestige Developers, Sobha Limited and Bagmane Group.

Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa disclosed in the Legislative Assembly that the district administration in Bengaluru was yet to file suo motu cases against encroachers. The Minister also said that there are provisions for filing criminal cases against encroachers of lakes.

The Bengaluru Development Authority is the biggest offender, here are some of the other big encroachers.

Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) 7 acres 6 guntas, Kengeri. The NICE group had earlier planned to construct the first of seven townships near Kengeri under the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project (BMICP).

Prestige Developers – 33 acres 18 guntas, Varthur. Prestige Developers is constructing a lakeside residential apartment in Varthur

Oasis Apartments – 15 acres 38 guntas, Varthur. Oasis is constructing a residential apartment in Monnekolala

DS Max Apartment – 105 acres 18 guntas, Bidarahalli. DS Max Apartments is constructing a housing project in Angalapura near Hennur Main Road.

Sobha Apartments – 18 acres 6 guntas, Begur. Sobha is constructing a residential apartment near Electronic City main road

Government Ashraya Scheme – 79 acres 32 guntas, Begur, Bengaluru South Taluk. The Ashraya Scheme provides temporary homes for children before safe houses are found for adoption.

Bagmane Group – 14 acres 24 guntas, KR Puram. Bagmane Group manages the Bagmane Tech Park in CV Raman Nagar

ST Bed Layout – 49 acres 11 guntas, Srinivagilu, Bengaluru South Taluk. ST Bed Layout in Srinivagilu is a housing colony

Enzyme Tech Park – 136 acres 30 guntas, Begur, Bengaluru South Taluk. Enzyme Tech Park in Koramangala is home to a chain of business operations

Adarsh Developers – 42 acres 23 guntas, Varthur. Adarsh Developers have constructed a residential apartment complex in Doddakanneli

Chandrika Soap Factory – 57 acres 26 guntas, Kacharakanhalli, Bengaluru North Taluk

The Chandrika Soap Factory in Kacharakanhalli has already been in the news for contributing to turning the Kacharakanahalli  lake into a landfill

Advaith Apartments – 124 acres 25 guntas, Begur, Bengaluru South Taluk. Advaith Apartments constructed a residential apartment in New Tippasandra

Brigade Developers – 13 acres 11 guntas, Bidarahalli. Brigade Developers constructed a residential apartment complex called Brigade Golden Triangle

Apartment Complex and Oberoi Company – 99 acres 33 guntas Kodigehalli, Bengaluru North Additional Taluk. Oberoi Company constructed a residential apartment complex in Kodigehalli

Gordon View Apartment – 32 acres 16 guntas, KR Puram

A residential apartment in KR Puram

Ashwini Enterprises – 30 acres 37 guntas, Binnamangala . Ashwini Enterprises manufactures fluid accessories in Binnamangala

The report suggests demolition or takeover of properties like apartments that were built by private companies and allotting the properties to the same companies on a lease agreement.

Source: TNM

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