Union member and lawyer Vivekananda Paniyala, in his letter to MU, had alleged that invaders and the land mafia had encroached on public land owned by MU. MU’s Konaje Campus spans 353 acres. He had requested immediate action and a re-survey of MU lands in Konaje and Ashoknagar areas of Mangaluru city.
“The union meeting held on Tuesday decided that MU will write to the DC of Dakshina Kannada, to survey the ground and find out if there is any encroachment. If there are any, these encroachments will be reserved under the Karnataka Land Grabbing Prohibition Act 2011. The encroachment must be eliminated, and if buildings are erected on the encroached land, they must be demolished,” said PS Yadapadithaya, Vice Chancellor.
Yadapadithya said the university built a wall around its land border in 2001. However, work stopped halfway and the project was abandoned. “Now the district administration will decide on land encroachment, if any,” he said.
Earlier in his letter, Vivekananda Paniyala said he learned that nearly 50 acres belonging to MU in Konaje village of Mangalore taluk had been encroached. Unauthorized structures were built on the invaded land, with the tacit support and connivance of negligent MU officials. MU also built the perimeter wall by quietly ‘facilitating’ said encroachment, he alleged.
Yadapadithya said Mangalore University‘s 40th Annual Convocation scheduled for April 16 has been postponed to April 23. He said Karnataka Governor and MU Chancellor Thaawar Chand Gehlot previously agreed to come to MU on April 16, however, he had to cancel and postpone it. to April 23, due to some important missions. The governor will deliver the opening speech of the convocation.