Kurubarahalli Survey No. 4 row: Residents to protest on April 26

 Demanding justice, hundreds of residents from Siddhartha Nagar, K C Layout and surrounding areas coming under Kurubarahalli Survey Number 4 will stage a protest in front of the Mysuru Urban Development authority on April 26. A rally will be taken out from the Ganapathi Temple and will reach MUDA where the protest will be held.

The decision of protest was taken on Saturday at a meeting of the residents held at Siddhartha Nagar. More than 100 residents who have built houses in Survey Number 4 participated in the meeting where the residents spoke against MUDA authorities for leaving them in the lurch. There are more than 900 residents who have built their houses in the area.

The controversial land is located on both sides of the road leading to Chamundi Hills and spread over the Northern, Eastern and Western parts of Chamundi Hills and comes under Kurubarahalli Survey Number 4.

The residents had purchased the land from MUDA in 1970 but were yet to get land documents. “Though our purchase is legal, due to a series of errors committed by the MUDA and the district administration authorities, the legal land owners are neither able to extend their houses nor build extra floors. We cannot sell the land, procure title deeds or change the Khatha for no fault of ours,” they alleged.

Speakers at the meeting recalled how the issue had reached the Karnataka High Court where the court had ordered the district administration to settle the issue after discussing with the residents and the government. “The district administration and the MUDA authorities had conveyed to us that MUDA layouts could be separated from Survey Number 4 and it would require the permission from the government and a letter has already been sent to the government,” they said.

On June 20, 2012, the then Deputy Commissioner P S Vastrad had issued an order for conversion of land from ‘B’ kharab (government land) to ‘A’ kharab (not owned by government). He was accused of failing to consider a survey conducted in 1860, in which the land was marked as ‘B’ kharab.

The order created a furore in political circles and was found illegal as it allegedly helped land sharks and modified an order issued by his predecessor Harsh Gupta, who had sought to protect the disputed land. The residents are now demanding the government to put an end to the controversy and declare them legal owners and provide them the land documents.

Former Deputy Mayor Mahadevamma, BJP leader B P Manjunath, retired IAS officer Subbanna and others were present.

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