*Encroachment cleared on Varanasi lake* 

*Encroachment cleared on Varanasi lake* 

Bengaluru:A team of BBMP officials led by Special commissioner (Estate) Shri Reddy Shankar Babu cleared illegal encroachment of 1 acre 6 Gunte land (worth about 30 crore) at the Varanasi (Jinke Timmanahalli) lake that has spread across 8 acre 24 Gunte land at Bidarahalli hobli Varanasi village SL no. 47 in Bengaluru East taluk in Hoodi ward No-54, Mahadevapura zone, in BBMP limits. 

The houses with sheet roofing built on the encroached land were demolished jointly by Tahsildar, Revenue Department, Bengaluru East Taluk, and Assistant Director, Land Records, Land Suryevor, KR Pura taluk, Mahadevapura Zone Hoodi Subdivision Engineer, KR Pura Police, and BMTF police and 25 personnel. Measures have been taken to fence the encroached land immediately. 

According to the order of Hon'ble High Court and Section 308 of the Karnataka Municipal Act, 1976, notice was issued on 28 December 2020 to all lake encroachers. Followed by reply and explanations and as per BBMP ACT 2020, Revenue Department Surveyor and Assistant Director (land records) issued a notice on 25 June 2021 to attend the trial meeting and conducted an inquiry on 26 June at the office Hoodi subdivision assistant executive engineer with all the encroachers. As the encroachment was confirmed, the clearance operation was conducted today.

Under Chief Minister's Nava Nagarottana grant of Rs 300 lakh Varanasi (Jinke Timmanahalli) lake is being developed and 45% of the development work is completed. Works on pipeline diversion channel to stop wastewater from flowing into the lake, main bank strengthening, clearing silt from the lake, track around the lake are completed while silt trap and sluice construction work, pedestrian track construction and laying down slabs on the slope of the bank are on-going. 

All the encroached lakes in BBMP limits have been identified and will be cleared in a phased manner, jointly with Revenue Department, as per the orders from High Court and National Green Tribunal on priority, said Chief Engineer(Lakes),  Mohan Krishna.