Bengaluru: Former corporator N.R Ramesh has alleged that family members of industrialist Dr M.S. Ramaiah had encroached upon 76 acres of government land worth Rs 5,000 crore. Addressing a press conference in the city on Saturday, Mr Ramesh said that in 1980, the BDA had acquired land in Mattikere, Chikkamaranahalli, Dyavasandra and Poornapura villages to build houses for people belonging to economically backward classes.
However, Ramaiah’s family members promised the state government to build houses for the poor at their own expense and convinced the government of transferring the land to them, the former corporator said. “In 1991, 76.16 acres of land was handed over to Ramaiah’s family on the condition that residential complexes, hospitals, educational institutions and other public utility buildings should be constructed on the land. The government stressed that this land should not be pawned,” Mr Ramesh said.
He alleged that Ramaiah’s family members formed MSR Layout on the government land and sold 280 plots to private parties. “Apart from this, 16 apartments, commercial complexes, conventional halls and other commercial establishments have been constructed on the government land. The BBMP officials have given ‘A’ khata to this illegal layout,” he added.
Mr Ramesh said he had brought the matter to the notice of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and had sought CBI investigation into the case. He also urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to take action against the encroachment. Mr Ramesh has filed a compliant with the BMTF seeking immediate action.
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