BENGALURU: Faced with criticism that its ongoing drive against storm water drain encroachments was mired in secrecy and based on outdated maps, the BBMP on Sunday uploaded the list of illegal structures on its website, with zone and ward details. The civic body has requested citizens to verify their properties and voluntarily remove encroachments.
The update comes a day after the civic body uploaded joint survey maps and list of encroachments, but without survey numbers. Old sketches appeared ambiguous.
However, Sunday’s update gives details of wards and areas where encroachments are located. But the encroachments continue to be identified vis-a-vis survey numbers that prevailed decades ago. Bengaluru, however, has moved on as land patches identified by their survey numbers and spread over acres, have fragmented. They are now plots that bear municipal numbers and are spread over a few hundred square feet. Experts said identifying plots that are encroachments from a map based on old survey numbers is near impossible.
As on Sunday , the website -http: bbmp.gov.in -showcased drain encroachments with maps on six zones: East, West, South, RR Nagar, Yelahanka and Dasarahalli. The wards and areas where encroachments have been identified, are provided. While some maps are updated, some encroachment details are displayed through old village maps. It is another matter, though, that markings on many of the maps are indecipherable.
However, the list of constituencies does not include Mahadevapura and Bommanahalli, where flooding happened due to encroachments and a demolition drive was carried out last week. Officials with the BBMP said encroachment details pertaining to the two constituencies can be accessed through the web link of the Survey Settlement and Land Records department provided in the BBMP website.
N Harish, advocate and member of B.Pac, said even details of the maps uploaded on Sunday are ambiguous as survey documents and maps in the new link don’t have sub-numbers under a particular survey number. “In the absence of sub-numbers, it is difficult to establish the link of a property, which has only municipal numbers. It is difficult to identify the exact extent of encroachments and residents are left to accept whatever the authorities at the ground level dictate,” he added.
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