Sunday, July 30, 2006

BMP serves notice on Garuda Mall promoters

BMP serves notice on Garuda Mall promoters

BBaanng gaal loorree:: The Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) has served a notice on the promoters of Garuda Mall for violating building by-laws and agreement conditions, BMP commissioner K Jairaj on Saturday.

Answering a query raised by some members in the BMP council, he said the Maverick Holdings Pvt Ltd has failed to obtain a modified by-law and has also breached the building by-laws.

Jairaj said the group has allowed restaurants to come up at places earmarked for car parking and also constructed a sewerage treatment plant on the ‘excess’ land adjacent to the mall. The council witnessed a furore on Thursday over the issue of ‘handing over excess land’ to the mall.

The commissioner asked corporators to take a unanimous decision on retaining the excess land or handing it over to Maverick Holdings.

He said he had asked the Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDEC) to ascertain the pros and cons of joint ventures by the BMP. IDEC will submit its report on August 31 on both the Garuda and Maharaja commercial complexes-cum-parking lots.

On a query by Austin Town corporator Kupparaju, Jairaj said he had asked all assistant revenue officers to conduct surveys of buildings under BMP limits.

“If any official is found concealing information or harassing the public, he will be shunted home. The officials are directed to fully cooperate with the public.” The BMP also passed a resolution to pull down unauthorised advertising material such as posters, graffiti and other publicity material.

‘Mall evaded Rs 4.5 cr duty’

The Garuda Mall has evaded stamp duty to the tune of Rs 4.5 crore to the State government, said Amaresh, convener of the Right To Information Research Centre, and Veeresh, president of Forum on Eradication of Corruption, on Saturday.

Speaking to media persons at a joint press conference convened by BJP leader Basavaraj, they said a huge storm-water drain at the mall premises has been shifted to enable easy completion of the building.

They demanded an inquiry against former BMP commissioners M R Srinivasamurthy and K Jothiramalingam and former BMP engineer-in-chief Jaiprasad in this connection.


At Sunday, July 30, 2006 at 9:26:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shopping mall are supposed to provide a parking places .. Its a by-law in countries like USA..
How can BMP in the name of joint venture give away a prime piece of land to builder, to construct a Mall and parking structure
I simply ridiculous. I just like donating land..
I prseume the same thing has happened in maharaj complex in KG road.


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