BBMP officials booked for occupany certificate scam

After the Transferable Development Rights (TDR) scam, the town planning officials in the BBMP have now been accused of issuing fake occupancy certificate (OC) to builders, both of whom have been booked for cheating the Palike of Rs 99 lakh.

The city police have registered an FIR against BBMP town planning officials and two private builders for cheating the civic body of Rs 99.27 lakh and also the public by claiming that they possessed the occupancy certificate.

Saidatta, a social activist, stated in his complaint that Kalyan Builders and Developers Pvt Ltd and Tahaseen Ara GPA Builders and Developers in Thanisandra had constructed an apartment complex with 600 flats. The builders had not taken the occupancy certificate from the BBMP town planning division, but 160 people were already staying in the apartment.

The builders duped the customers by claiming that they had BBMP's occupancy certificate. He alleged that the builders had mentioned in the documents that they paid the BBMP Rs 99.27 lakh to get the OC. He alleged that the BBMP had not received any DD from the above builders, who went ahead and submitted the same 'OC certificate' to Bescom to secure power supply.

Saidatta stated in the complaint that Kalyan Builders had constructed the multi-storied apartment in Sy.no 202/78 in Thanisandra. They told flat-buyers that the BBMP had given OC in the name of Taha Seena Ara-Sai Kalyan Builders. The same documents were submitted to Bescom. The builders claimed to have submitted a DD of Rs 99.27 lakh on June 5, 2018.

The complaint said that BBMP town planning officials helped the builders fake the OC which led to a loss of Rs 99.27 lakh to the Palike. It was learnt that apart from the commencement certificate, there was no application for OC with the BBMP. He sought action against BBMP town planning officials as well as the builders.

Halasuru Gate Police booked the builders and BBMP town planning officers and are investigating the case.

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