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Do not demolish their lives

I was watching a discussion about demolition drive in Bangalore in News 9 channel. The same demolition drive in which hundreds of families have their houses razed.

Governments famously punish the victim. These people who have lost their houses, did not encroach the land. They bought it from the people from layout developers paying a huge amount to them. They have all valid khatas, they have been paying taxes for many years. Now how do they suddenly become illegal? Where do these people go and live now?

Would not it be logical to ask the real estate agents  or the government to give them compensation? You can punish the guilty later. First provide rehabilitation for these people.

And I heard one point in the discussion. Is it really feasible that, these lake beds after being evacuated of  "illegal encroachers" , will be rejuvenated and become alive lakes? Looking at the condition of other lakes, this seems highly improbable.

So dear government, please rejuvenate existing lakes. Clean them. Stop further encroachments. For heaven's sake do not give permission to build houses to any one in other lake beds hence forth.  Before demolishing lives further, do these things.

If you still want to demolish houses in other lake beds, find out from documents, how many of these house owners have purchased lands. And build houses for these legal home owners or make the guilty build houses for them, before destroying their houses.

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