Demolition recommences in Yelahanka, Bengaluru

They razed five vacant sites having illegal shed constructions and parts of two buildings on Tuesday that encroached upon a storm water drain (SWD) in Agrahara village in Yelahanka zone.

Officials said that they recovered two acres and five guntas of government land during the drive too. Siddegowda, chief engineer (storm water drains) in BBMP said, “But on Wednesday, we are likely to take up more areas where encroachers have built over storm water drains in this zone alone. The sudden unplanned development of Yelahanka is the reason behind encroachment. This has to be corrected now.”
BBMP is said to have identified 240 properties across all eight zones in a recent survey which have encroached on storm water drain network in these parts. It had stopped the demolition drive since November and picked up again after CM Siddaramaiah’s instruction in the second week of December. Siddegowda said 21 surveyors from various departments have been deputed in BBMP to survey encroachments. “In the first phase, we will demolish these 240 properties in about one and a half months. And as the surveyors complete the surveys, we will plan out the next phases accordingly,” he told TOI.

The demolition drive started from August 4, after five lakes in the city breached due to a downpour and BBMP found the storm water drains were encroached upon. But the drive lost steam with rich and elite been given more time to seek legal help and save their properties.

Credits The Times of India

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