BENGALURU: The recent incidents of flooding in the city, which caused widespread property damage and a lot of inconvenience, seems to have finally woken up the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
In a circular issued on Wednesday, the civic agency asked citizens to double-check whether the property or site they are investing in is located at a safe distance from lakes and storm water drains as per the prescribed norms.
“It is mandatory to maintain the buffer space from lakes and storm water drain as per the directive by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) dated May 4, 2016. We will not be responsible for constructions which come up violating the prescribed norms,” said the circular.
It added that NGT has directed the state government to ensure 75-metre buffer space from any lake boundary. “Buffer space of 50m, 35m and 25m is a must from primary, secondary and tertiary storm water drains respectively. Any kind of construction should not be allowed on lake bed or inside buffer zones,” it added.
The civic body said it’ll take strict action against constructions which have violated norms. “Encroachments and illegal constructions are the main reasons behind recent flooding and loss of properties,” said the circular.
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