Wednesday, September 19, 2007 5:10 PM
Demolition drive continues in Bangalore
70 buildings on primary drains(Raja Kaluve) razed in Bangalore city
The drive was launched on Saturday
Areas in three zones covered on Monday
Structures that encroached upon the primary drains and caused the deluge on the festive weekend throwing life out of gear are being razed by heavy machinery and men deployed by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). In an effort to prevent a repetition of this sort of trouble to citizens, the BBMP demolished 70 buildings that had encroached upon primary drains across the city.
The demolition drive that was launched on Saturday continued on Monday. It was concentrated in areas around Puttenahalli Lake in the Bommanahalli zone, Bhadrappa Layout near Hebbal Lake in the Byatarayanapura zone and Nayandanahalli near Mysore Road in the Dasarahalli zone.
On Monday, 10 buildings were brought down near Puttenahalli Lake even as the BBMP set up relief camps at government schools to provide temporary shelter to those who had been evicted. At Bhadrappa Layout, all encroachments have been completely cleared, said official sources.
BBMP Commissioner S. Subramanya told The Hindu that the encroachments on storm water drains running across the city have been identified. “They [encroachments] will be razed when necessary,” he said when asked about the time-frame in which all encroachments would be brought down.
“The rule of law will be applied in all cases.” Interestingly, the large-scale demolitions in the city hardly evoked a whimper of protest either by residents or local politicians, a common feature during demolitions in the past.
At Bhadrappa Layout, where a new apartment complex was being brought down, the builder, Rama Raju, merely shrugged his shoulders when asked whether he would protest against the demolition of a part of his building. “We brought an injunction order against the demolition but they (BBMP) are not bothered about it. The flats they are demolishing have been sold but not occupied. We have to find some way out now,” he said.
Other residents, however, were vocal in their appreciation for the demolition drive. “It is good that the Mahanagara Palike has taken up demolition of these encroachments. Several houses in the neighbourhood would get flooded when it rains. There is no question of pity because most of these encroachments have come up wantonly,” said N. Anand, a resident of Balaji Layout, adjacent to Hebbal Lake.
Visit Source: The Hindu
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