Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) informed the Karnataka High Court on Thursday September 1 that 81 encroachments had been discovered near Begur lake as a result of a survey the civic body had conducted.
The Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice S. Vishwajith Shetty’s division bench received an affidavit from the BBMP Executive Engineer, Bengaluru South Division, stating that the encroached portions of the lake were surveyed and physically marked on July 26, 2022, in accordance with the court’s orders.
He added that on July 27, 2022, notices were sent to all encroachers and unauthorised occupants. He said that 33 of the 81 encroachers had been cleared, and he included pictures of illegal buildings that had been demolished.
The Executive Engineer further informed the court that 45 encroachers had successfully filed an injunction against the Designated Officer (Executive Engineer) to prevent him from using coercion to protect their properties. The injunction order has also been the subject of objections.
The hearing was postponed so that the petitioner could make any necessary countercomplaints to the affidavit. The court is monitoring of the removal of encroachments through a public interest litigation (PIL) filed in 2014.