Monday, September 29, 2008

Big 3 unite for new rule

Big 3 unite for new rule
BWSSB, Bescom Will Give Access To Services Only After BBMP Nod
Aarthi R | TNN

Bangalore: Aspiring house owners, beware. It would be best to stick to the sanctioned building plan, as even the smallest deviations in the form of setbacks in front, rear, left or right side of the building, height of the structure or number of floors, could leave the building in darkness and without water.
In a bid to crack down on violators and plug loopholes, the three civic stakeholders — BBMP, BWSSB and Bescom — will coordinate to enforce the law.
The month-old pilot system makes it mandatory for BBMP to issue a statutory certificate to provide water and power supply to new buildings. It is a result of the recent decision of the Lok Ayukta which placed the onus on BBMP, and helped in spotting many fake cases and building violations. According to the new rule, Bescom and BWSSB engineers will have to write to the newly-formed Technical Vigilance Cell under the commissioner. Only after the certificate is issued, they will provide basic utility services to consumers.
The certificate is to be issued within 15 days by BBMP, based on a detailed spot inspection submitted by the Cell. It has eight executive engineers, headed by superintendent engineer S Prabhakar.
The report filed by the Cell includes all details of the inspection — right from the name of the engineer and date of inspection to details of deviation in construction from the sanctioned building plan.
So far, 300 plans have been submitted. While 164 plans have already been inspected and details recorded, more than 50 are in progress.
BBMP commissioner S Subramanya told The Times of India: “This process is still an infant. Based on the inspections done so far, we have also been able to record the details of violation and fake cases. Besides reporting, BBMP will also initiate strict criminal action against the fake cases.’’
In its drive to curb illegal constructions, BBMP also plans to set up a 24-hour helpline to lodge complaints. Our engineers will respond within 24 hours, assured the commissioner. The number of the helpline will be announced soon.
While the Cell will look into spot inspection, the calls will be operated by a call centre. In addition, by paying a stipulated fee, the party concerned can also avail a video certification of the inspection for further clarifications. Work on this system is in progress and soon, the helpline will be on display across the city.
TOUGH RULE Aug 13: Ward 37, building on 17th cross, Srinivasnagar — 100% violation — power supply denied
Aug 21: East division, property in C V Raman Nagar — fake plan
Aug 28: R R Nagar, Vaddarapalya village, Uttarahalli — Occupation Certificate not obtained — power supply denied

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