MLC alleges encroachment of 15,000 acres of forest land in Chamarajanagar District

After exposing alleged encroachment of large areas of land in Survey No. 4 of Kurubarahalli in Mysore, BJP MLC G. Madhusudhan has come up with another exposure of about 15,000 acres of forest land encroachment in Chamarajanagar District. These lands were encroached by private parties owing to an order passed by a former Deputy Commissioner.

This was disclosed by MLC G. Madhusudan at a press meet at Pathrakarthara Bhavan here today.

Elaborating on the issue, Madhusudan said “The 15,000 acres of land covers Survey No. 1 in Palya Hobli of Kollegal taluk and Survey No. 174 in Shivanasamudra forest area in Chamarajanagar district. In fact, Kollegal Assistant Commissioner, in an order passed through the DC Court on Dec. 13, 2011, had reiterated that the said area was a government forest land. However the then DC M.V. Savithri bowing to the pressure of a few vested interests had issued an order on July 8 stating that the said land was not a government property which subsequently let in many private parties to encroach upon the land threatening the rich flora and fauna of the forest region.

Continuing, Madhusudan said that any such important order should have come from the High Court. Hence he urged the government to initiate a CBI inquiry into the case by cancelling the former DC’s order and booking her for criminal offence.

Expressing apprehension that the forest land would become a haven for land mafia, he alleged that former Senior Police officials, rich industrialists and influential politicians were involved in the deal. He, however, did not mention names.

Madhusudan said that he would submit a detailed letter to the Chief Minister enclosing the relevant documents to initiate immediate action.

Referring to the scam of land at the foot of Chamundi Hill, Madhusudan said that he was happy that a departmental enquiry would begin soon on the former Deputy Commissioner Vastrad who was involved in the issue.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore