The Puttenahalli demolition around the Sarakki Lake is just the tip of an iceberg as BDA has also reportedly encroached land ear-marked for lakebeds 20 years ago and sold plots under its various layout schemes.
So far, several buildings in Sarakki, Puttenahalli, Banaswadi have been razed to ground for encroaching on to the lakebeds, while the work in other areas is likely to begin soon, before the elections to the civic bodies are over.
A TOI report said BDA commissioner T Sham Bhat at a meeting called by Upa Lokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi had admitted that many outlays were former lakebeds and were “encroachments”.
However, the government agency pleaded that about ₹10,000 crore-worth construction work is already on in these 14 places identified so far with only 3 of them cleared by courts earlier. It means, 11 lakebeds may face demolition in the next phase, going by the government’s resolve to protect lake beds.
The BDA has reportedly identified HAL Stage III, two phases of RMV Stage II, HSR Layout, HSR Sector 3, HBR Stage I, East of NGEF, HRBR Block I, Kormangala ST Bed, BTM Stage VI, Nagarabhavi Stage II’s Block 13, Dollars Colony in JP Nagar Phase V, Banashankari Stage III, and Banashankari Stage VI’s Block 4.
About 200 buildings surrounding Sarakki Lake in Puttenahalli have been demolished so far and the demolition in Banaswadi is still on and officials are reportedly scrutinising documents ahead of demolition.
“Some private buildings in Banaswadi were found to be illegally constructed on a lake-bed. We will demolish these structures if proper documents are not furnished,” officials told PTI.