Industrial units, shanties razed in latest round of demolition drive

Industrial units, shanties razed in latest round of demolition drive

Industrial units, shanties razed in latest round of demolition drive

 A house, some shanties and portions of six industrial units were demolished at Abbigere near Jarakabande Kaval on Monday in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) ongoing drive to clear encroachments on stormwater drains (SWDs).

The affected people began demolishing the encroached portions on their own as revenue officers marked the structures on the drain.

Balan Agro Products Private Limited, Axiom Manufacturing Private Limited, Hi-Tech Precision Industries and Srinivasa Printing and Packaging Industries were among the six industries in Abbigere that removed the encroachments on their own, a source in the BBMP said. It is learnt that the stormwater drain runs in the middle of Balan Agro Pvt Ltd, dividing the property into two.

Umashankar, whose house was marked as being built on the drain, argued that the previous survey had showed “just a small encroachment” but the latest survey indicated that the entire building would go. “In the name of property, I have only this house. If this goes, I will be in difficulty,” Umashankar said.

Resurvey of drains

Meanwhile, the BBMP has asked the Commissioner of Survey, Settlement and Land Records to assign 30 surveyors who previously surveyed SWDs across Bengaluru. The request has been approved, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad told DH.

Prasad said many prominent buildings were not surveyed properly two years ago. The surveyors were required to resurvey the properties, he said and hoped that all structures built on SWDs would be surveyed in four weeks.

“The court as well as the Lokayukta has directed us to identify flood-prone areas. We have received complaints about encroachment by big builders and prominent people like actor Darshan. Our survey is going on but we need to expedite the work, for which we need the surveyors,” Prasad said.

He said the BBMP would assign an executive engineer in each zone to monitor the demolition drive instead of engaging zonal engineers.

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