The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) claimed that no developer identified with CREDAI has encroached upon storm water drains (SWDs).

CREDAI members have now offered to remodel SWDs under the PPP model.

So the question arises that if none of their builders have encroached upon SWDs, why are they offering their services under corporate social responsibility, that too absolutely FREE?

CREDAI members from Bengaluru expressed worry over the crumbling of ‘Brand Bengaluru’ with the ongoing demolition and alleged allegations against prominent builders. But, it is well known fact that they are all businessmen, worried more about the income than Bangalore.

One builder (responsible)has denied allegations that the  Mall has encroached an SWD and said that the Mall was developed on a property acquired in a public auction conducted in 2005, and it was built after plan approval from BBMP and NOCs from government agencies, including ministry of environment. BBMP issued occupancy certificate in the year 2012.

But, the truth is different altogether.

Acquiring through public auction does not mean that there is no ENCROACHMENT and does not give clean chit from illegalities and encroachments.  The preceding seller or the owner of the property might have misrepresented the facts.  Check the village map and the survey documents.

The Malleshwaram village, Jodi Ranganathapura Village, Vyalikaval Village and the surrounding areas were once watershed zones and there were massive size raja kaluve which are reduced to 5 feet to 15 feet.

The village maps and the survey maps do not lie.

The CREDAI has come up with a different line of argument stating that the High Court Of Karnataka has observed  in one of its judgments (in the case of Sobha Developers) that the CDP Map is final. 

It cannot be generalized and it is applicable only to the particular case.

The CDP had been challenged in the court many a times and there have been modifications to the approved CDP.



Improvement Charges – BBMP

The High Court of Karnataka has allowed a petition by BBMP regarding the collection of improvement charges from D C Converted Properties within its jurisdiction and observed that the BBMP has the power to collect it.

The charges are Rs.200/- per square metre in old area and Rs.250/- per square metre in the amalgamated 110 villages.

This is applicable for the full extent of the property Converted as in OM copy


The owners who have bought the apartments and sites in and around raja kaluve and the lakes have borrowed money from BANKS.  In many cases, the banks have evaluated the projects and in some cases had issued pre approval to the projects which are under investigation and demolition.

Majority of the buyers are borrowers and if the banks had conducted due diligent enquiry, it would not be possible, legally, to the banks to finance illegal buildings with violation and deviation.  But, they overlooked and DUG THE GRAVE FOR THE BUYERS OF THE PROPERTIES.

None of the affected owners have sued or instituted legal proceedings against the banks and officials. Why?

The NOTORIOUS LENDER has obtained an AFFIDAVIT from the borrower, which contains  a declaration made by the borrower that the property titles are good and it has been constructed as per the sanctioned plan.  In the event, if there is any deviation or violation from the sanctioned building plan, the BANK RESERVES THE RIGHT TO RECALL THE LOAN and initiate appropriate proceedings against the borrower.

The borrower/owner, who has signed the loan agreement without even reading one word thinking that the SANCTION OF BANK LOAN means, perfect title.  IT IS NOT SO.

75% of the apartments, houses and sites have not been constructed or formed as per the law and as per the sanctioned plan, but HOME LOANS have been sanctioned by the BANKS.  How?

Banks have also engaged in TAX EVASION AND ARE ABETTING TAX EVASION, which is under investigation.





Abbareddy layout,

A Narayanpura,

Adarsha junction,


Anil Kumble junction,

Anjananagara, Arekempannahalli area,

Ashok Nagar Signal junction, Ashok Nagar, Museum road,

Attur near Dairy Circle,

Yelahanka EWS working Colony 3rd stage, Babusapalya,




Begur Kere area,

BEML layout in RR Nagar,

Benniganahalli railway underpass, Bhuvaneshwari Nagara,

Binny Mill tank area,



Brindavan Nagar,

Broadway road,


Chinappa layout,



Bhakshi Garden,


City market area,


Commissariat road opp Garuda mall, Cox town, Dharmrayswamy Temple ward,

DJ Halli, Kasturinagar Down Ramp,

Dr Ambedkar Nagar,

Dr Rajakumar road South Magadi police station, Frazer Town underpass,

Gali Anjaneya temple road,


Gandhipuram near Whitefield,

Ganganagar-Pillappa garden,

Gangenahalli East 80 feet road,

Geddalahalli Railway Gate,

Gurudarshan layout near Doddabommasandra. HAL Airport road, HAL-Talakaveri layout,

Hari Nagar,


Hennur Bande,

Hosur lashkar road near Potlappa garden,

Hosur-Lashkar road at Gajendra Nagar, Hoysalanagara, Indiranagar 80ft road,

Jagajeevan Ram Nagar,

Janapriya Apartments near Rajarajeshwari temple,

Jayachamrajendranagara TV tower,

Jayamahal road from Doordarshan Center to JC Nagar,

Jayanagar 3rd block LIC Colony,

Jeevanahalli under bridge,

K R Garden,

Kalika Nagara Main road,

Kallena Agrahara in Arekere,

Kalyananagar 100ft,

Kamakshipalya Tank slum area,

Kamakshipalya Tank slum area,

Kamalanagar, Kamaraja road,

Kammannahalli, Kanakanagar, Kempegowdanagar,


Kengeri Yellamma temple,

Kengunta near Mallathalli,

KMF junction near Slum Board compound, Koramangala slum,

Kottigepalya, KR circle underpass,

Krishna layout,


Krishnappa Garden behind Byrasandra tank, Kudlu village,

Lakshman Rao Nagara,


Marehahalli tank,

Silk Board junction,

Mariyanna Palya,


Matthikere Tank Market,

Mekhri Circle,

Metro layout,

Sarvabhouma Nagar,

MG Road near Mayo Hall junction,

Miller Tank, Minerva mill,

Okalipuram junction,


Munireddy layout,

Museum road opp Karyappa Bhavan,

1st main 8th cross N R Garden,


Nandidurga road,

Narasimhaswamy layout,


New Thippasandra,

NGEF junction,

NGV to HSR layout,

ORR near Dell company,

Domlur, Padarayanpura,

Pai layout,


Pattalamma layout,

Pattandur Agrahara near ITPL,

Primrose road opp Police Officers mess, Pulakeshinagara,

PWD quarters near Wilson Garden,

near Kohinoor Granites,

Raghavendra slum, Railway under bridge near Kino Theatre,

Ramda hotel Opp Chalukya hotel,

Ranganatha layout near BHEL circle,

Residency Road near Opera junction,

Richmond road opp to bus stand,

RPC layout, RR layout,

Rudrappa Garden, Rudrappa Garden, Samrudhinagar,

Rukmini Nagara near Magadi road,

Sai Baba Ashram, Sampangiram Nagar,

Sane Guruvanahalli tank, Sanjaya Gandhi slum area,

Sanjeevappa Garden, Sankrappa layout,

Sanky road opp to Le Meridian hotel,

Sarjapur road, Seppings road,

Shankarappa garden Gopalapura,

Shankrappa layout near Maruthi Nagar, Shivananda Circle railway under pass, Shivananda junction,

Shivanandanagara, Shivanna layout near Halagevaddarahalli,

Shivapura Kere,

Siddhartha layout, Sindhi Colony junction, Someshwara Colony near Silk Board junction,

Sri Hari layout, Subash Nagara, Suranjandas road near Ade,

Thippasandra, Triveni Nagar,

UB City road,


Vaddara Palya,

Venkatareddy nagar near Siddapura, Vidyanikethan School,

Byraveshwaranagara near Hagganahalli, Vidyapeeta circle,

Vinayaka layout near Nagarabhavi,

Vinayaka layout,

Vishwa Priya Nagara near Begur Main road,

Vittal Nagar,

Vittalanagar near Kempegowdanagar,

Wilson garden area up to Bannerghatta road, Yelechenahalli,

Yeshwanthpur Railway Station,



BBMP officials have surveyed the Hulimavu raja kaluve zone and have earmarked some properties which have encroached the Raja Kaluve and the residents of an apartment complex have alleged that there is no encroachment.

The list goes on and on !!!!!

A LETTER TO MS.DIPA KARMAKAR FROM Mr.Derek O’Brien, leader, parliamentary party Trinamool Congress (RS), and Chief National spokesperson of the party

I was keen to write to you in Bangla, because some of the emotions I am trying to convey may lose their flavour in English. Nevertheless, I have stuck to English because your heroism deserves that much more attention. So here goes.

I’ve been a sports fan all my life and can recount every major Indian achievement – they’re so few! – in sport in the past 40 years. I was before a television screen, glued to a radio, when India won big victories in cricket or tennis, when P.T. Usha outran all of Asia, and when Vishy Anand became world champion.

But truly nothing, just nothing has given me as much of a thrill as seeing you perform those definition-defying feats on the gymnastics floor. You finished fourth in Rio, but your performance was worth its weight in more than gold. I was a kid when Nadia Comaneci scored that perfect 10 in Montreal in 1976. I never thought then, or till a few months ago when I first read of you, that an Indian gymnast would make it to that league. Your performance that day in the Olympics moved me to tears.

It was an emotional whirl, and I’ll explain why. I know Tripura well. Aside from the cultural similarities with Bengal, it’s a state I have visited several times on work, to conduct quizzes in Agartala, to travel to schools, to meet people. Very rarely for politics, I must add, though that could change in the coming days.

I know the conditions you’ve trained in, I have read about them, and can almost picture the landscape. I must salute your courageous parents and your indomitable coach. Most of all, I must salute your spirit. I have a daughter who is exactly two years junior to you, born in August as well, a Leo like you. But very different from you in her interests and her social setting.

Your feats have bridged all such gaps. Today, you are my hero. My mother’s hero (she’s almost 80 but can’t stop raving about you). You are a hero for my daughter and her generation. On her 21st birthday, a few days after your historic vault, she was at a party with friends. There was no talk that evening, I was told, of Pokemon or Zayn Malik or Deepika Padukone. The theme of the evening was Dipa Karmakar.

An honest confession: I knew nothing about you till a few months ago. When you qualified for the Olympics, I peeked at your Wikipedia entry (yes, yes, not always reliable). When you reached the top eight, I watched the final live with zero expectations. That fourth place was a leap of faith, a leap of imagination, a leap of hope. A leap for all India. It made me your fan.

You are my – our – Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt rolled into one. They didn’t have to battle the odds and the nonsensical “system” that you did. I read your physiotherapist was sent to Rio only after you qualified for the final. It reminded me of Ilyas Babar, coach of Sriram Singh, who borrowed money, sold household furniture and bought his own ticket to make it to Montreal on the eve of the 800 metres final to encourage his favourite student and just be with him in his toughest hour. The “system” and the fat cats of Indian sport had no time for Ilyas Babar or Sriram Singh or for sport. They still don’t.

One request, when you come to Delhi to receive the Khel Ratna, do let me know where I can come to take an autograph. I promise not to take a selfie. I leave that to the expert in the Sports Ministry. If I do have the honour of meeting you, there are three questions I would like answered. These may sound trivial, but I am an unceasing trivia buff:

– What’s your daak naam or nickname?

– What’s your favourite dish (fish?)!

– What’s been the second most memorable moment of your life?

Bhalo theko. And a pranam to your Ma and Baba, and your coach.

Derek Da

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author.