Nethravathi river and Eviction of illegal occupants
What’s in news?
The body of Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) founder VG Siddhartha has been found from the Nethravathi river in Mangaluru.
- Siddhartha was missing mysteriously en route to Mangaluru in Karnataka.
- A letter was also found which claimed that he was under tremendous pressure from lenders.
- Siddhartha was the son-in law of former Karnataka CM and former Union minister SM Krishna.
- The Netravati River or Netravathi Nadi has its origins at Bangrabalige valley, in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka, India.
- This river flows through the famous pilgrimage place Dharmasthala and is considered as one of the Holy rivers of India.
- It merges with the Kumaradhara River at Uppinangadi before flowing to the Arabian Sea, south of Mangalore city.
- This river is the main source of water to Bantwal and Mangalore. The Netravati railway bridge is one of the known bridges which serve as the gateway to Mangalore.
- The train Netravati Express, passing through Mangalore, is named after this river.
- Netravati river originates in the Western Ghats in Bangrabalike forest Valley in Yellaner Ghats of Kudremukha range in Karnataka State.
- The Kumaradhara River, which originates in the Subramanya range of Western Ghats, meets the Netravati river near Uppinangadi village.
- Every year nearly around more than 100 tmc of water flowing to Arabian sea.
EVICTION OF UNAUTHORIZED OCCUPANTS
What’s in news?
Recently, Lok Sabha cleared a strong law to evict illegal occupants from the government property.
- Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri moved the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 which was approved by the Lok Sabha.
- Modi government had introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha in 2017 for speedy eviction of the illegal occupants.
- However, it could not be passed in its first term and expired with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha in May this year.
- Of the total 15,416 residential accommodation under the government quota, “currently 3081 cases were under litigation,” which was a matter of concern.
Problem with the existing laws:
- The Union government provides residential accommodation to members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and also to other officials and government employees.
- However, it was difficult for the estate officers to evict illegal occupants after the expiry of their term or retirement from the service because of the cumbersome and time-consuming provisions in the existing law.
- The existing law has multiple layers of eviction process involving service of a show cause notice and appeal provisions at several levels that took years to implement an eviction order.
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