The KIADB on Wednesday informed the Karnataka high court that 84 acres 14 guntas of land at Kalinganahalli and Hatna villages of Nagamangala taluk in Mandya district, close to Shimsha river, has been taken back by the board. Reason: the company in whose favour the land was allotted had failed to erect a watch tower despite being in possession of the land for close to 17 years.
The said piece of land was earlier allotted in favour of Prem Sugars and Chemicals Corporation in 1997 for setting up a white crystal sugar factory. The authorities, in fact, had given several extensions so as to help the firm implement the project but no ward and watch tower was built.
"Though the allottee is seeking extension of time, the reasons for extension are too weak to consider. The allottee has not demonstrated the steps it took to construct the factory. The latest report shows that the land is vacant. The company has failed to implement the project, let alone obtain sanction for invalidation of building plan in spite of the possession of land being with them from November 1997," the CEO noted in his April 21 order.
Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing of the writ appeal filed by land owners to first week of June.