Encroachment on govt lands to be cleared: DC

eye sore: Deputy Commissioner Manjula inspects garbage dumped in ward 31 on Tuesday. DH Photo

Notices will be issued to encroachers and encroachment drive will be taken up in two days, she added. She inspected various wards in the city on Tuesday. This is the first time, she undertook such an exercise where she intereacted with the public.

She began her inspection as early as 7 in the morning from Ward no 29 to ward no 31 till 9 am. Residents of the area submitted their grievances including lack of regular water supply and ineffective measures to check rain damage. “Rainwater enters our houses during heavy rainfall. Complaints to the officers concerned have fell on deaf ears,” they said.

Some of them complained that garbage is not cleared in their wards. Their complaints also included lack of streetlights in layouts. She directed the officers concerned to look into their demand and address them.

Later, speaking to the reporters she said most of the layouts have narrow roads as government lands have been encroached in many localities. Houses have been built encroaching even drains, resulting in water clogging during rainy season. Problems will be addressed in phases. She promised to visit wards once 15 days to address civic problems.

City Municipal Council Commissioner K L Basavaraj said senior and junior officers will visit the wards and identify the encroached areas.

“We would initiate encroachment clearance drive. Officers have been instructed not to be bogged down by any kind of political influence,” he added.

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