Probe plaint against Limbavali, Lokayukta court tells cops

The Special Lokayukta Court on Thursday directed police investigations into a complaint filed against Health Minister Aravind Limbavali, IAS officer Bharat Lal Meena, DLF Homes, Suadela Constructions and others, for alleged irregularities and violations of the revised master plan to aid the construction of two apartment complexes in Bangalore.

The complainant accused Limbavali of helping the builders construct residential complexes with more units by directing the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to widen a road in Begur village in Bangalore South taluk.

According to the complaint, DLF Homes, which was constructing an apartment complex in Begur, had obtained permission only for stilt plus four floors, but began constructing a building with 18 floors. The approach road was only 12 metres long, which meant DLF cannot get permission for an 18-floor building. 

The BBMP intended to widen the road to 18 metres in accordance with the revised master plan.

When the BBMP realised that the DLF had flouted norms, it sent a notice to the builder. Following this, the then Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavali, who was not connected to the issue, wrote to the executive engineer of the Palike, directing him to widen the approach road to 24 metres.

The complainants stated that Limbavali had also written that the number of vehicles would increase after the construction of  DLF apartments, which indicated he was well aware of the issue.

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