Saturday, February 17, 2007

BBMP gets its act together to check encroachments

BBMP gets its act together to check encroachment
Vijay Times

Encroachers and by-law violators, beware. The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) enforcement division is all set to initiate legal action against encroachers and those involved in unauthorised construction.

To keep a check on rampant unauthorised constructions and encroachments on government property, BBMP Inspector General of Police, Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF), Alok Mohan recently warned BBMP engineers to monitor violations of court stay orders and to move contempt of court proceedings in such cases.

He has directed the officials concerned, in case of any violation of stay orders, to prepare a sketch of the violation and take photographs of the same as evidence to place before the court. Mohan has told the officials to be cautious while serving notices as per the provisions of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation (KMC) Act on owners who have constructed buildings in violation of the law.

The officials have also been directed to be alert and not to commit any mistake while issuing the Provisional Order and Confirmatory Order (PO & CO) against erring owners, which could give a chance to the latter to obtain a stay from the court.

The IGP has also asked the BBMP executive engineers and assistant executive engineers of the respective areas to issue notices to owners for deviations in building by-laws and zoning regulations.

The engineers have also been asked to maintain a register pertaining to the progress in various legal suits and other litigation pending before the courts, besides monitoring them till the final disposal of the cases. A BBMP source said the IGP had warned against any undue delay between the issue of the PO &CO and execution of the final order. The BBMP legal cell has been requested to prepare a booklet delineating the guidelines on the PO & CO.


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