Perhaps, fed up with the perfunctory attitude of Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) authorities in completing the formalities to acquire land for formation of Arkavathy Layout sites, the allottees, who have been fighting for their legitimate rights since 2006, have decided to approach the high court for justice.
According to reliable sources, over two dozens of allottees on Monday filed writ of mandamus in the HC. Writ of mandamus is an extraordinary writ commanding an official to perform a ministerial act that the law recognises as an absolute duty.
The allottees, who have been waiting for the BDA to complete all the formalities for the past six years, are not only complaining against the delay but also on the lack of infrastructure. They allege that BDA authorities have reduced the width of a road between Geddalahalli and Block No 18 of Arkavathy Layout to 20 ft from the proposed 60 ft.
“It is just a mockery by the BDA authorities. The BDA commissioner had promised us to commence the development work in October. Later, he promised to take up the work by January. But, even after the end of February, no development work has been taken,’’ says Shiva Prakash, president of Arkavathy Layout Allottees’ Association. Recently, the allottees have sent an email to the BDA commissioner, urging him to complete all formalities as early as possible.
“The purpose of writing this email is to update you. We are knocking the doors of high court in the next seven days. We have decided to file a writ of mandamus since the allotment of sites was delayed by more than six years,’’ the allottees told BDA commissioner in an email.
They suspect a nexus between BDA engineers and the land mafia as the main reason for the delay in completing the formation of Arkavathy Layout sites. It is quite surprising to know that around 5,000 allottees have been paying property tax to the BDA for the past few years for sites registered on their names but not handed over to them.
“It is quite surprising to know that the BDA authorities have reduced the width of the road to 20 ft from the proposed 60 ft. One private land was notified by the BDA for the formation of this layout. But, later it was denotified. I suspect because of this private land, the BDA engineers have reduced the width of the road,’’ alleges Sanjay Marlecha, secretary, Arkavathy Layout Allottees’ Association.