Angry CM orders recommencement of demolition in Bengaluru

The demolition drive to rid storm water drains of encroachments across the city will resume from Monday.

Upset over the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) abruptly stopping the demolition drive, an angry chief minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday ordered the civic engineers to clear all the encroachments in the city before February 2017.

Media had reported two stories titled “Demolition after deluge was just poor execution” and “Hammer fell silent at rich’s doorstep” on December 2 edition. The demolition drive abruptly being stopped came up at Wednesday’s meeting of the BBMP and Bangalore Development Authority’s (BDA) officials. At the meeting, the chief minister asked the engineers to review the entire demolition process and resume the drive immediately. He expressed his unhappiness at the apathy of the BBMP engineers.

One of the BBMP engineers who was part of the meeting, said, “The work was hampered because of non-cooperation from the survey department and hence we are not able to continue the work promptly.”

Siddegowda, chief engineer (storm water drain), too, said that he did complain about the survey department as they had withdrawn the surveyors’ service, which had stopped the work. “If the surveyors were given to us in full strength we could have completed the work,” he said.

But Siddaramaiah was in no mood to listen to any of the apparent excuses given by the BBMP.

“But now, the survey department has agreed that shortly they would be asking 12 surveyors to work with the BBMP immediately. The work would be taken up on priority,” Siddegowda said. “The chief minister has directed us to expedite the work and we have decided to take it up from Monday.

Around 240-odd properties have been earmarked in the north and east parts of Bengaluru. The demolition of these properties will be taken up in December. As the chief minister has instructed us to complete the work within two months, we set a target of February so that the entire demolition is completed, and the city would never see flooding due to storm water drain encroachment again.” Earlier, the survey department had asked its 59 surveyors to assist the BBMP officials undertake the demolition drive.

But only 32 surveyors reported, of which only 19 had actively participated in the encroachment identification process. This shortfall had forced the BBMP to stop the demolition drive half-way.

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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