Monday, October 31, 2005

Illegal structures on outskirts to be razed

Illegal structures on outskirts to be razed
Deccan Herald

All illegal constructions, without proper civic amenities, which have come up on the outskirts of Bangalore City will be demolished soon, Minister for Municipal Administration S R Morey said on Sunday.

The chief minister during his recent visit to rain-affected areas noticed that many layouts had come up without proper stormwater drainage facilities on the outskirts , the minister said. “Many buildings and layouts, which were constructed by flouting the norms were spotted. Some of them are built on the banks of natural drains as well. These constructions have led to flooding in these areas,” said Morey.

The minister said the government would first examine the way such constructions had been sanctioned. “Officials could have joined hands with builders to bend the law in their favour. We need to analyse the causes, before forming a team to track down the culprits and keep a check on future sanctioning of constructions,” he said and added that once the defaulters were traced, orders would be issued to demolish their constructions.

Morey admitted that the work was enormous, but said the department was ready to take up the task. “The masterplan to merge all CMCs under the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) will also help us in this initiative,” the Minister said.


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