A relinquishment deed was executed between M/s Khoday Eshwa­rasa & Sons and the Commiss­ioner of BBMP on February 2, 2019. When the BBMP contractor started demolishing the wall of Khoday’s now-defunct distillery – located just behind where the eight-lane corridor is to come up – a writ petition was filed in the high court on April 15. M/s Khoday alleged that the BBMP was encroaching upon its land while executing the project. The high court then ordered for a re-survey of the land which was carried out on May 3. The survey report was prepared on May 24 and the findings were shocking. According to the City Survey Department, the land is ‘B’ Kharab land. ‘B’ kharab land can neither be converted nor conveyed (transferred) to private parties. Which means that BBMP was the owner of the land in question all this while. “The petitioner is in possession of 679.23 sq. metres of land in Survey No. 28, which is ‘B’ Kharab land (government land),’’ says J Vijaya Bhawani, Deputy Director of Land Records, City Survey, Bengaluru. So how did the goof-up take place?It is said the BBMP had opted for land records instead of surveying the land that is to be acquired for road widening. The same is borne out by a letter written by M/s Khoday Eshwarasa & Sons in a letter to the BBMP commissioner. “In your letter you have requested us to hand over the possession of the land even without surveying the land and making payment of the sale consideration. Please note that the land belongs to the partnership firm having 11 partners. The other partners are not inclined to part with the land without property survey/demarcation and without receiving the sale consideration. Therefore, we once again request you to survey the land, decided the exact extent to be purchased by you, demark the same and fix the sale consideration,’’ it reads. Sources say the BBMP authorities are now struggling to cover up their mistake and some officials even worked on a Sunday to fix this. “It is quite surprising to see the BBMP authorities paying compensation to private people for government land acquired by them. It is quite baffling to know the speed at which the compensation was paid in this case while many property owners are waiting for years to get compensation for acquiring their land,’’ says S Amaresh, managing trustee, Right to Information Study Centre. Keshav Deshpande, Head of Legal Cell, BBMP, told Bangalore Mirror that the petitioner (M/s Khoday Eshwarasa & Sons) had submitted two more documents on Monday claiming ownership of the land.It is said the BBMP had opted for land records instead of surveying the land that is to be acquired for road widening. The same is borne out by a letter written by M/s Khoday Eshwarasa & Sons in a letter to the BBMP commissioner. “In your letter you have requested us to hand over the possession of the land even without surveying the land and making payment of the sale consideration. Please note that the land belongs to the partnership firm having 11 partners. The other partners are not inclined to part with the land without property survey/demarcation and without receiving the sale consideration. Therefore, we once again request you to survey the land, decided the exact extent to be purchased by you, demark the same and fix the sale consideration,’’ it reads. Sources say the BBMP authorities are now struggling to cover up their mistake and some officials even worked on a Sunday to fix this. “It is quite surprising to see the BBMP authorities paying compensation to private people for government land acquired by them. It is quite baffling to know the speed at which the compensation was paid in this case while many property owners are waiting for years to get compensation for acquiring their land,’’ says S Amaresh, managing trustee, Right to Information Study Centre. Keshav Deshpande, Head of Legal Cell, BBMP, told Bangalore Mirror that the petitioner (M/s Khoday Eshwarasa & Sons) had submitted two more documents on Monday claiming ownership of the land.