Basavaraj Bommai, Chief Minister of Karnataka during his interaction with the media here in Belagavi said that he will make all his efforts to take possession of the land controlled by the military for the IT Park.
Minister of Science and Technology of Karnataka, C N Ashwath Narayan had requested Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to hand over 750 acres of defence land in Belagavi to set up a software technology park.
MLA Abhay Patil had identified government open land of 745 acres along Pune-Bengaluru National Highway from Survey No 1304 to 1349 near Kanbargi for establishing IT Park.
Speaking to media persons, Bommai said, “The land along the national highway in Belagavi is under Military control. The issue has been discussed with the Defence Minister. He has responded positively to the state’s intention to take it back.”
The land is being used by the Military. But it does not belong to the Defence Ministry. It is still a revenue land. All the facts have been placed before the Defence Ministry”, the CM added.
In a letter earlier
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh wrote to C.N.Ashwanth Narayan It has been informed that the subject land admeasuring 754 acres 33 guntas(754.82 acres) comprising Sy. Nos. 1304 to 1307, 1324 to 1350 and 1397 (total 31 Sy. Nos) in village Turkamatti, Belagavi popularly known as Military Farm land Turkamatti was transferred to the then Commissarial (Military) Department vide Bombay Government Resolutions No. 4913 dated 30/06/1873 and No.3242 dated 09/06/1875 when Belagavi was part of Bombay Presidency. Since then the land is in continuous occupation of Military for the past 140 years.
Till 2006, Military “Farm was producing hay/fodder for the cattle on part of the said land. However, the land is yet to be mutated in favor of MoD in the revenue records.
It has also been informed that the Defence Estates Officer, Bangalore has submitted all relevant documents related to the ownership of said land by MoD to the District Collector, Belagavi during 2013 in response to the order dated 23.11.2012 passed by the State Govt to take over the said land. In view of the above facts, may I request you to get the land mutated in favour of UOI so that such disputes do not arise in future.”