The Mysore City Corporation (MCC), it seems, is taking a cue from Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which went on a demolition drive of illegal constructions near Rajakaluve recently. There was heavy flooding in some areas of Bengaluru, thanks to encroachment of Rajakaluve. To avoid such natural calamity from happening, Mayor B L Bhyrappa, along with MCC officials, inspected Rajakaluve works near J K Grounds and surroundings in Ward no 35. on Thursday.The Rajakaluve development work has been taken up by the MCC at a cost of Rs 1.75 crore from MLA Vasu’s special fund.
During the visit, Mayor said that encroachment of Rajakaluve is not only limited to Bengaluru but also other major cities. “As a precautionary step, to clear encroachment government land, MCC will soon launch a drive.” In Mysuru, Rajakaluve lies between the stretch of Yadavagiri and Hardinge Circle.
“The illegal construction on the Rajakaluve has caused stagnation and flooding in the surrounding areas. We have found that a part of Rajakaluve has been encroached by Mysuru Medical College and Ganesh Petrol Bunk, which has been leased out to a gas agency. We have asked them to clear the encroached area as early as possible. If not stern, action will be taken against them. Drains can’t be diverted to suit the needs of builders and this is nothing but sheer violation on their part,” he said.
He said that the encroachment of Rajakaluve has been major problem in most of the cities. “People who encroach government lands illegally are also offenders and have played a role in creating havoc. Making Mysuru a safe and friendly city is our goal and will take all measures to ensure it.”
So far, the MCC has cracked the whip on encroached land at Kesare and has custody of the place.
The drive comes in the backdrop of the government’s decision to acquire encroached areas in the state.
A committee has been formed to scrutinise the encroachment cases in the city and a demolition drive of illegal structures will be taken and notice will be served soon.