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    Bengaluru: 12 years on, bank told to refund bidder Rs 24.1 lakh with 8% interest

    Babu had shown interest in purchasing a property at Nayandahalli (on Mysuru Road) that was being auctioned by the then State Bank of Mysore (now SBI).
    BENGALURU: If you thought it is cheaper, quicker, and safer to buy a property sold during bank auctions, think again. Bengaluru resident P Balaji Babu learned a lesson the hard way as he got locked in a legal battle that took him nearly 12 years to wriggle out of.

    Babu had shown interest in purchasing a property at Nayandahalli (on Mysuru Road) that was being auctioned by the then State Bank of Mysore (now SBI). During the auction in 2010, he had emerged as a successful bidder and had made an initial payment of Rs 24.1 lakh, which included Rs 5.6 lakh as Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) to the bank. But during an inquiry about the property, Babu realised the previous owner (before the bank took over) had done a gift deed related to the property in his wife’s name and the same hadn’t been disclosed by the bank to him. With queries resulting in delays, the bank forfeited Rs 24.1 lakh citing he had not paid the full amount on time.

    That is when the legal drama started. Challenging the bank’s action, Babu approached the high court seeking a refund of the said amount with 18 per cent interest. Coming to his rescue, the high court has now directed State Bank of India (SBI ) to refund the forfeited amount (Rs 24.1 lakh) with interest at the rate of 8% from November 15, 2010 till the date of payment.

    Babu had claimed the bank suppressed the fact that the borrower (previous owner) Jignesh N Patel wasn’t having title over the property on the date of auction notification as he had gifted the said property to his wife. He further said the liability between the bank and the borrower, Jignesh Patel, had been settled by way of OTS (one-time settlement). According to him, since the bank hadn’t suffered any loss or damage on account of non-deposit of the balance amount by him, it (bank) isn’t entitled to retain the amount deposited by him.

    On the other hand, the bank claimed that since the assets were taken over by it under the provisions of Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 ( SARFAESI Act), the gift deed executed by Jignesh Patel in favour of Naina J Patel wouldn’t have any legal effect on the efficacy of sale and transfer of title in favour of the highest bidder.

    However, justice P Krishna Bhat, after perusing the records placed before the court, noted that respondent no. 1 (bank) having settled the loan account with the borrower cannot mulct (extract) the further part-consideration amount (remaining amount) from Babu.

    “Since respondent no.1 has not suffered any loss or damage, it is not entitled to retain the amount (Rs 24.1 lakh) deposited by the petitioner,” the judge further observed in his order, while allowing the petition filed by Balaji Babu.

    The judge added that the petitioner was justified in entertaining a doubt regarding the outcome of such a sale, where borrower Jignesh Patel had transferred the title deed in favour of his wife.









    12 Yrs On, Bank Told To Refund Bidder ₹24.1l With 8% Interest, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)
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      Bengaluru: 40,000 apply for '1 lakh housing scheme'


      Clipped from: https://realty.economictimes.indiati...cheme/91304230

      The scheme envisages building 1 lakh houses in Bengaluru Urban district — in multiple locations spread across Anekal, KR Puram, Dasarahalli, Byatarayanapura, Mahadevapura, Yelahanka and Yeshwantpur — in phases.

      BENGALURU: Efforts to equip economically weaker sections in the tech capital with houses have received a positive response: Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation Limited (RGHCL), which is implementing the chief minister’s 1-lakh housing scheme, has got more than 40,000 applications.

      The scheme envisages building 1 lakh houses in Bengaluru Urban district — in multiple locations spread across Anekal, KR Puram, Dasarahalli, Byatarayanapura, Mahadevapura, Yelahanka and Yeshwantpur — in phases. Approval has been given for 46,499 houses in the first phase, shows data up to mid-March. People were allowed to apply in August 2021 and construction has begun for 42,984 houses.

      The scheme, first announced in the 2017-18 budget, was strengthened in 2019 and work on projects — under the Centre’s housing-for-all programme — began in late 2019. A total of 1,165 acres of land was identified for the projects, but only 553 acres of no-encumbrance, litigation-free land was available.

      Of the 42,984 houses, roofs have been cast for 7,821, site clearance is going on for 9,142 and digging and ground levelling are happening for 5,584. While 6,688 houses are at the foundation-laying level, plinth-building work is going on for the remaining 13,749.

      In August 2021, the government allowed people to apply for houses, and up to March 16, 2022, 40,092 applications were received. But only 6,227 of the applicants have paid the initial deposit of Rs 1 lakh so far. Of those who have paid, 4,127 have completed the process of selecting their houses or flats.

      “...All the houses/flats are being built on par with private builders’ projects, using the best technology available. All mandatory approvals (from various departments like fire, local bodies, etc.,) have been obtained and we are aiming at delivering at least 1,000 houses by the end of this month or early June,” RGHCL managing director Basavaraju S told TOI.

      Constructed in ground+3 and stilt+14 formats, a 1-BHK house is estimated to cost Rs 10.6 lakh, while the cost of 2-BHKs is yet to be ascertained. The government will provide subsidies — Rs 3.5 lakh for SCs/STs and Rs 2.7 lakh for others — to eligible applicants and facilitate loans to cover the rest of the cost.

      However, the subsidy is only for 1-BHK houses and not for 2-BHKs. Out of the 46,499 sanctioned houses in the first phase, 38,403 will be 1-BHKs and 8,096 2-BHKs.

      As far as helping applicants avail loans goes, Basavaraju said: “We have submitted building layouts and plans and other relevant documents to banks, which are in the process of seeking legal opinion. We do not anticipate any problems in this regard as banks have also been instructed during the SLBC (state-level banking committee) meeting.” He added that applicants will need to submit the required documents, including income certificate, to avail the loans.

      As part of the second phase, the government has kickstarted the process to build 14,322 houses. Agreements have been signed with contractors for 7,308 houses, while tenders have been called for 7,024 more.

      Further, 467 acres of government land have been identified to build 40,000 houses. Proposals have been sent to tahsildars and deputy commissioners concerned to transfer the said land parcels to RGHCL.
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        Bengaluru: BBMP gets nearly 300 tree-cutting pleas every day, says mostly for trivial reasons

        Sanika Athavale| TNN | Updated: May 3, 2022, 07:45 IST

        BBMP says many complain of tree litter

        BENGALURU: From having to deal with tree litter (dried leaves or flowers) to being troubled by insects or birds entering houses via twigs and branches, Bengalureans have several reasons for requesting BBMP to chop off trees. Authorities, however, term most of them “trivial”.

        The BBMP forest department, which is responsible for managing trees in the city, receives anywhere between 200 and 300 “tree cut” requests daily.

        “The reasons are generally very trivial,” said Sareena Sikkaligar, deputy conservator of forests. Some of the applications accessed by TOI, aside from the aforementioned reasons, also had citizens express concern over trees falling.

        “We reject most of the applications because a healthy tree need not be sacrificed for the sake of such petty issues that can be otherwise resolved. Insects, birds and small animals that live on trees are a part of this world and human beings must not demand their extermination for their comfort,” another senior official said.

        Officials warned that the city will fast lose even its remaining green cover if they act on every such “insensitive request”. They urged Bengalureans to protect the remaining trees and copiously plant new ones for the sake of future generations.

        About requests to remove dead and dried trees, officials argued that those were important to birds such as eagles and kites, which need space to perch. Officials said sometimes individuals chop trees without even obtaining official permission.


        In such cases, the department tracks them down and files FIRs. “There have been many FIRs and our monitoring system is very strong,” the official added.








        Bbmp Gets Nearly 300 Tree-cutting Pleas Every Day, Says Mostly For Trivial Reasons | Bengaluru News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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          Funds crunch slows down rejuvenation of Bengaluru’s Hoodi Giddanakere lake

          Written by Aksheev Thakur | Bengaluru | May 8, 2022 8:30:07 am

          Hoodi Giddanakere lake in Bengaluru. (Express Photo by Jithendra M)

          Located in the southern part of Bengaluru, Hoodi Giddanakere falls in the Hebbal valley. It is a natural lake spread over 28.77 acres and a part of a system of interconnected canals that receive the surface run-off. The lake has a catchment area of about 1.34 sq km.

          However, unabated construction activity in the buffer zone, entry of sewage and the rejuvenation going at a snail’s pace have left the citizens concerned about the future of the waterbody. The state government allotted Rs 3 crore for its restoration in 2019, but the officials say that while the pandemic delayed the work first, the lack of funds has slowed down the work now.

          When indianexpress.com visited the lake, vehicles were found parked on the pathway of the lake. (Express Photo by Jithendra M)

          “The paucity of funds has delayed the work. However, the sewage will be diverted in a fortnight and we will then resume the cleaning process,” a senior official of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) said.

          “The lake was taken up for rejuvenation by the BBMP but the work has been very slow. The first step was to desilt the lake. Over the past few months, we have observed that sewage enters the lake. However, a walking path around the lake is being created. Earlier it was not possible to walk around. A lot of residents will benefit with the rejuvenation of the lake,” said Zibi Jamal, a member of the Whitefield Rising, a collective of residents.

          When indianexpress.com visited the lake, vehicles were found parked on the pathway of the lake. There was a water storage tank in the lake and locals were found hunting birds. With no home guard or a fence, the waterbody remains vulnerable.

          The state government allotted Rs 3 crore for its restoration in 2019, but the officials say that while the pandemic delayed the work first, the lack of funds has slowed down the work now. (Express Photo by Jithendra M)

          A detailed project report for the lake prepared by the municipal corporation a few years ago said the waterbody was a breeding zone for resident birds and a feeding and resting place for migratory birds. About five butterfly species belonging to two families, three spider species, one-striped palm squirrel and two species of rats or mice, two species of frogs and one species of toads, one species of lizards and five species of snakes found mention in the report.

          The report acknowledged that unhygienic activities like defecation in the lake and the dumping of solid waste had led to pollution and the destruction of the lake ecosystem. “The pollution of the lake water by continuous entry of domestic sewage has led to adverse effects on flora and fauna and the overall ecosystem of the lake. Due to the pollution of the lake water, the quality of groundwater is getting affected,” it read.

          “This lake is deteriorating due to developing urbanisation and human interventions, which are contrary to the betterment of the waterbody. Major damage is caused due to silt accumulation and destruction of the catchments area. Encroachments are bound to happen due to the [growing] urbanisation of the lake surroundings. There are two inlet channels which collect the rainwater from the watershed and bring the run-off into the lake,” the report stated.

          With no home guard or a fence, the waterbody remains vulnerable. (Express Photo by Jithendra M)

          Laying emphasis on the restoration of the lakes, Dr TV Ramachandra, of the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, said, “Rejuvenating lakes would also help in moderating micro climate, enhancing the storage capacity of lakes and in the improvement of the groundwater table. This helps in optimal rainwater harvesting. We need to catch and also re-establish interconnectivity among lakes.”

          A local resident, Madhumita Gupta, who has been fighting for the preservation of the lake, said, “I have been staying here for thepast 10 years. There used to be a lot of trees around and now we have lost several trees. We have documented a lot of migratory birds. The lake used to have catfish. Even during the pandemic, the situation was not so dismal as it is today. Water hyacinth is all over the lake and the fencing work has not been completed.”

          Another local resident, Nilanjana Bhaduri, said, “The sewage water inflow from nearby areas has choked our once-blue lake with hyacinth. The BBMP cites the paucity of funds. As residents in the area, we are concerned about the health hazard that we are living with.”










          Funds crunch slows down rejuvenation of Bengaluru’s Hoodi Giddanakere lake | Cities News,The Indian Express
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            Care for a stroll around the Benniganahalli lake?

            Bangalore Mirror Bureau / Updated: May 7, 2022, 06:00 IST

            A file photo of Benniganahalli lake
            By Melvin Mathew

            After delays over tree-cutting, BMRCL’s planned development work that includes a 15-m footpath around lake is now likely to be done by September

            Good news: After two long years of waiting, residents near Benniganahalli lake are likely to get various facilities under lake development work by September. Due to the ongoing Metro work, BMRCL has undertaken to complete the lake development work at an estimated cost of Rs 2.5 crore. The project was delayed due to opposition from residents and lake activists over cutting of trees, which were eventually translocated. A 15-m footpath will come up all around the 10 acres of the lake area.

            The rejuvenation work for Benniganahalli lake near Pai Layout was completed in 2018 at the cost of Rs 3 crore. “We had asked BMRCL to provide Rs 4 crore initially but settled on Rs 2.5 crore. Under the project, an entrance for Pai Layout will be constructed, a 15 m cobblestone walking/jogging track (on lake bund), two gazebos, a children’s park spanning roughly 1,000 sq ft and an open gym, lightning, and security guards will be provided for. Since toilets are not permitted inside lake premises, we have asked for two temporary toilets to be installed.

            Unauthorised settlers will also be served notice. Once the encroachments are removed, fencing will be done both outside and inside the lake premises,” said NH Subramanian, secretary of Benniganahalli Lake Trust.

            But residents pointed out that that due to ongoing Metro work, the lake entrance has become inaccessible for Pai Layout residents. “Currently, residents are unable to enjoy the benefits of the rejuvenated lake as there is Metro work going on, blocking our way. Previously many people used to go to the lake premises for walks. The path of the lake is also under work and is going to be replaced with cobblestones,” added Subramanian.

            The team that was behind lake development efforts

            Some residents are not too keen on cobblestoned walking path plan. “We had suggested to BMRCL to use curbstone instead of cobblestone. Cobblestones are difficult to walk on and we wanted the lakes to retain their wild look,” said Balaji Raghotham, a trustee of Benniganahalli Lake Trust. In addition to an entrance to the lake for Pai Layout residents, they have also asked BMRCL to name the station after Benniganahalli Lake.

            Speaking about the prior situation of the lake, Raghotham added, “The situation was pathetic. Now the lake looks like a lake as compared to the bowl of contaminated water that it used to look like. Sewage was flowing from the north side of the lake.”

            Lake activists also complained that trees that were translocated from the entrance of the lake to inside it, died. Residents had raised an objection to the cutting of 60 trees by BMRCL for road-widening towards the Old Madras Road. Following their protest, BBMP also had instructed BMRCL to relook the proposal.








            benniganahalli lake: Care for a stroll around the Benniganahalli lake? (indiatimes.com)
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              Panel questions Bengaluru development body over poor infra at Kempegowda Layout



              Clipped from: https://realty.economictimes.indiati...ayout/91369025



              This was the first LPC meeting on the layout following complaints from allottees over the long delay in taking up basic infrastructure work such as underground drainage, water supply and electrification.

              BENGALURU: With complaints mounting against the BDA for failing to provide basic amenities at Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout near Kengeri, the legislature petition committee (LPC) has decided to conduct a joint inspection of the layout on May 26 with some officials.

              A decision was taken at the LPC meeting held at Vidhana Soudha on Thursday.

              The meeting was chaired by MLA Appachu Ranjan in the absence of panel chairman and deputy speaker Anand Mamani. This was the first LPC meeting on the layout following complaints from allottees over the long delay in taking up basic infrastructure work such as underground drainage, water supply and electrification. The plots were allotted to citizens in 2016. In 2016 and 2018, BDA failed to meet the deadline stipulated by RERA for project completion.

              The layout was supposed to be developed on 4,040 acres of land, but so far only 2,650 acres has been acquired. Sources said the BDA has managed to complete only about 40% of the infrastructure work. The panel members took several BDA officials to task for their “lacklustre approach” towards developing basic infrastructure.

              Officials were questioned about the selective development of layouts. “Why is Shivaram Karanth Layout getting undue BDA interest in development, when plots are yet to be allotted? Why is it not prioritising Kempegowda Layout?” asked one member at the meeting.

              Suryakiran AS, joint secretary, Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout Open Forum, said several works are pending as the BDA is yet to approve them.
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                Why do building basements in Bengaluru get flooded during rain?

                Niranjan Kaggere / TNN / Updated: May 11, 2022, 08:52 IST


                BENGALURU: With the India Meteorological Department predicting heavy rain in Bengaluru over the next couple of days because of cyclonic storm Asani, citizens have one growing concern — their building basements flooding.



                Though Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) authorities maintain they are ready to tackle any rain-related havoc, residents are wary. In fact, many who have gone through the harrowing experience of watching their homes get inundated at night following rain, maintain that such incidents affect them not just financially, but also leave the building structures weak.

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                The problem of basement flooding is a known one and so are the solutions. But timely preparedness is evidently lacking. To break this annual recurrence of rain-related woes, the civic body has to up its game. This is not a standalone issue. Poorly maintained stormwater drains and choked waterways only worsen the problem. Blaming it on rain pattern — short but severe spells — is getting the focus wrong. Weather events are beyond our control, at least in the near term, but ways to tackle them can be planned and executed ahead of time. Bengaluru’s population pressure will only increase, the city cannot be allowed to crumble under it.


                But the big question is: Why do building basements in Bengaluru get flooded. TOI interacted with engineering experts from Bengaluru-based Institute for Research Development and Training of Construction Trades and Management (INSTRUCT), a professional body of engineers and architects, to decipher this monsoon menace. Here are some observations and dos and don’ts (see box):









                Why Do Building Basements In B’luru Get Flooded During Rain? | Bengaluru News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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                  Sinking underpass feeling


                  ByY Maheswara Reddy / Updated: May 11, 2022, 06:00 IST

                  The flooded underpass


                  Whenever it rains heavily, Vijinapura residents get a sinking feeling. With the underpass connecting Vijinapura with Old Madras Road and other areas flooded, they are disconnected from these areas.

                  When the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and South Western Railway constructed the underpass and closed the level crossing, residents were happy.

                  They did not realise that their problems are far from over. One heavy spell of rain shattered their dreams of an easy commute. The situation has been so for over seven years as the underpass goes under water each time it rains.

                  “Its design is faulty. In monsoon, motorists cannot use it as it is always submerged. A little rain is enough for the underpass to get water-logged,’’ said Sivaraman Hariharan, a resident.

                  An electric pump installed by BBMP

                  Malini Mannath, a resident, said senior citizens and children cannot use the underpass due to the water logging. “The BBMP has arranged an electric motor pump to drain the water to the nearest water body, but the underpass gets flooded when it rains heavily and there is a power cut in the locality so the motor does not work,’’ Mannath said.

                  Over a year ago, the BBMP set up two sumps to prevent water logging and installed an electric motor to pump water from the sumps. “BBMP must think of a more long-lasting solution,’’ said Parthibhan S, a resident.









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                    Bengaluru: Rainbow Drive Layout residents approach MLA, seeks solution to flooding during rains

                    By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | May 11, 2022 3:31:50 pm

                    A view of the flooded Rainbow Drive Layout at Sarjapur in Bengaluru.

                    Residents of Rainbow Drive Layout at Sarjapur in Bengaluru, which has more than 35 houses, have written to Mahadevapura MLA Arvind Limbavali apprising him of the constant flooding in their area during rains. In an open letter, the MLA was alerted of the flooding on May 5 which reportedly left the residents stranded for more than 20 hours.

                    “This is to bring to your urgent notice about the plight of 1000+ people living in fear of rain, flooding, power outages and cut-off from emergency help and at Rainbow Drive Layout, Sarjapur Main Road. We had major flooding during pre-monsoon rain on 5th May 2022 and citizens were stranded for over 20 hours without any access to medical help or cut off from the outside world, with elderly people suffering the most,” the letter dated May 10 read.

                    A road in Rainbow Drive Layout lies inundated after heavy rains lashed Bengaluru

                    Listing out the issues, the residents wrote that the fire brigade had to pump out water for more than 12 hours after the rain stopped on May 5. “This gives an indication that water is coming into our residences from outside. Rainbow Drive entrance is at a low-lying area and hence the Sarjapur main road stormwater drainage must be lowered and/or an additional outlet should be provided on an urgent basis. Urgent pathway construction (is) needed for the entry and exit for residents in order to access medical help. There are many straightforward alternative outlets which can be provided along the way to nearby stormwater drainage along roads,” the letter said and added that the mixing of rainwater with sewage and untreated water can lead to diseases like dengue and malaria.

                    The residents told the MLA that they had already written to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), panchayat and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board but to no avail.

                    A resident Darshana Minnoor said: “The rainwater from surrounding villages of Junnasandra and Halanayakanahalli are being diverted into the RBD layout from which it exits to the stormwater drain (SWD) on the Sarjapur Road. Due to level differences between our drain and the SWD on Sarjapur Road, the egress is extremely slow and water stagnates for hours and most of the time overnight, causing flooding and water entering into houses at the entrance. Ideally, the drains along Junnasandra Road should be carrying the rainwater directly to Sarjapur Road SWD.”

                    BBMP chief commissioner Tushar Guru Nath on Tuesday instructed the officials to desilt the drains and ensure that the outlets connecting to the roads should be unclogged so that the water does not stay stagnated on the streets.











                    Bengaluru: Rainbow Drive Layout residents approach MLA, seeks solution to flooding during rains | Cities News,The Indian Express
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                      Flow of life in Kengeri


                      ByY Maheswara Reddy / Updated: May 14, 2022, 06:00 IST

                      The lake is covered in weed and silt & is a breeding ground for mosquitoes


                      Kengeri Lake gears up for makeover worth Rs 4 cr; project is outcome of citizens protesting for a decade

                      Residents of Kengeri have a reason to cheer. After battling for a decade to get the lake rejuvenated, their efforts have finally borne fruit. If all goes according to plan, Kengeri Lake is set to get a facelift at an estimated cost of Rs 4 crore.

                      The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Lakes Division has floated a short-term tender on Thursday inviting bidders for the rejuvenation of the lake.
                      The last date for receiving the tenders is June 6.

                      The water body was last developed in 2005 when it was under the State Forest Department. The department spent money to fence the lake and develop an island and walkways and later handed it over to Bangalore Development Authority.

                      However, like most stories go, the water body quickly became an eyesore not only for the residents but also for motorists and bus passengers who commute on Mysore Road to go towards Mysuru or come to Namma Bengaluru. The water body, filled with silt, weeds and sewage, became a breeding place for mosquitoes.

                      With the condition of the lake going from bad to worse, residents would organise protests demanding the authorities to allocate funds for the rejuvenation of the lake but in vain.

                      In 2012, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) came forward to rejuvenate Kengeri Lake under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative at an estimated cost of Rs 7 crore.

                      The BMRCL planned to develop the lake with all basic infrastructures in place but no work was taken up by it.

                      Residents of Kengeri are now hopeful and happy with the BBMP’s decision. They want the authorities to rejuvenate the lake as early as possible since it has become tough for them to cope with the stench and mosquitoes.

                      “I hope the BBMP Lakes Division will honour its commitment to rejuvenating this lake which has been calling for attention for more than a decade. I want Kengeri Lake to regain its lost glory as early as possible,’’ said Narasimha Murthy, a resident.

                      V Ramprasad, Co-founder of Friends of Lakes, described move to float tenders and call for bidders as a welcome step.

                      “However, the detailed project report (DPR) should be approved by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) and the rejuvenation should be in accordance with the High Court order of NK Patil Report 2012,” he said.

                      Meanwhile, a BBMP (Lakes) assistant executive engineer said the work would commence after completing the process to select the bidder. “The contractor has to remove silt from the lake, develop lake bund, construct a waste weir and fence the lake,’’ said the assistant executive engineer.

                      However, Raghavendra B Pachhapur, a lake activist, said that Rs 4 crore would not be sufficient.

                      “I want the authorities to take a holistic approach for the project and clear encroachments before fencing the lake land,” said Raghavendra.











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