Monday, July 24, 2006

BMP to act against increasing land encroachment

BMP to act against increasing land encroachment
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: The footpaths in the city have become an increasing menace to the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP). The increase in land encroachments in the city is causing embarrassment to the BMP as it is unable to live up to the expectations of the people.

Such an encroachment can be cited on Queens Road, near Gurunanak Bhavan. Initially, an Ayurvedic Unani tent was temporarily pitched in the area and now there are around 20 people, who have built tents and are exercising domestic activities. Located near the storm water drain, they are the carriers of contagious diseases as well.

BMP Commissioner K Jairaj said he will visit the area and look into the matter and take essential steps. “Analysing the current situation, our prime focus will be the security and health of the residents in that area,” he added.

Joint BMP Commissioner, East, Jairam opines, “our first step is to evacuate them with the help of the police. Whether they are criminals or not cannot be decided, so no action can be taken. But the possibility cannot be ruled out.” ”The possibility that they might not return or dwell in another place will be considered later. Our prime focus is the safety of the residents and removal of encroachments from the city limits,” added Jairam.

”We will monitor the situation and try our level best to ensure a safe and healthy environment for the citizens,” assured Jairam.


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