Wednesday, May 23, 2007

UB City begins removing encroachment

UB City begins removing encroachment
Wednesday May 23 2007 11:34 IST

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BANGALORE: The up-market office complex UB City has been imposed with a penalty of Rs 2.26 crore for violating the building bylaw. However, the builder has begun removing the encroachment on the sidewalks following a notice from the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). On Monday, Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde had summoned BBMP engineer-in-chief L Sathyanarayana regarding the violations.

Palike joint director of town planning S S Topagi told this paper that the civic body had conducted detailed investigation of the building a few weeks ago and found many deviations from the sanctioned plan. Further, it was found that nine floors of the building were let out though Palike had not issued occupancy certificate.

Commissioner K Jairaj said that after imposing a fine of Rs 2.26 crore on the builder, Palike issued a partial occupancy certificate. Sources from the joint venture partner Prestige Group, told this paper that Palike had issued a stop order till they paid the penalty and obtained partial occupancy certificate.

BBMP engineer-in-chief L Sathyanarayana said that he was pulled up by the Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde in connection with UB City’s encroachment of sidewalks. He said that the builder had not built any compound wall on the footpath but the ground markings have come onto the sidewalk.

“We have issued a notice to the builder to stop work and demanded a show cause,” he said.


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