More than 100 families living on 32 acres of government land in Bylanarasapura village in Hoskote district in Karnataka face the threat of eviction. On December 2, 2014, the state government sent a notice to the villagers claiming ownership over the land. The government has not divulged any information on what it plans to do with the land, nor has it demolished any houses in the area. However, the sudden notice has put the residents on edge, who have been living here for many decades. They claim that they have been paying property tax and have documents to prove the same. When Land Conflict Watch asked Munivenkataswamy, panchayat development officer for the Bylanarasapura Village Council, about the situation, he said, the villagers have built houses on government land. Although it is our responsibility to provide electricity and water to the residents, we will have to cooperate with the authorities if they want to evacuate them. The families, however, have refused to vacate and are demanding title deeds from the government. In 2017, they submitted an application to the tehsildars office under Sections 94C and 94CC of the Karnataka State Land Revenue Act requesting the allocation of title deeds. The application is yet to be reviewed.
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