BBMP uses old maps for demolition, citizens upset

Mahadevapura zone came under scanner for using a British-era map under the anti-encroachment drive that it has been carrying out since August 4.

After a survey of the 1100 metres area between Kasavanahalli lake and Kaikondanahalli lake, eight buildings and five plots were marked as to be demolished. Two houses were completely reduced to rubbles while two others were partially demolished.

“Our map of reference used by the revenue department belongs to the British era. And we have begun the process of demolition. Let them do it themselves too. We will monitor the progress,” said Parameshwarappa, Chief Engineer,  Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

The Mahadevapura zone is a suburban area that grew to be part of the greater Bengaluru after the boom in IT industry.

“How did those in the British era include Mahadevapura in their map then? How can it be valid. Now the map I have is also claimed to be one of the oldest. And this shows that my house here has in no way encroached upon the land over the drain. How can we be sure that this survey will not be wrong tomorrow?” questioned Ravi Chander, a resident.

Citizens residing in the area for past 15 years have proper documents, including the occupancy certificate, and the layout charted out by the Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) came into existence 20 years ago.

“If you look at any layout, the tertiary canals will definitely run underneath the houses. Just because they want to show that the demolition is on, even those houses on tertiary canals are completely crushed,” said another resident.

Some citizens said the map is a farce and demolition is being carried as per the advice of the builders.

“We are playing by the rules. Officials who sanctioned plans will be taken to task. Builders who changed sanctions accordingly will also be taken to task. Process is on simultaneously,” said Parameshwarappa.

Credits India Today

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