BBMP likely to appeal HC ruling that annuls village maps

BBMP likely to  appeal HC ruling that annuls village maps

 The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has sought legal opinion to challenge a ruling of the High Court which held that topographical details in village maps do no hold good if they are missing in the Comprehensive Development Plan (CPD) or the master plan.

The court gave the ruling in 2014 on a petition filed by Sobha Developers against the BBMP which had denied it permission to lay electrical cables and sewage lines for its Sobha Rubi and Sobha Platinum apartments at Nagasandra on the grounds that it had encroached upon a stormwater drain.

Notwithstanding the High Court ruling, the BBMP has gone ahead to demolish structures though the master plan does not show stormwater drains in some cases. Fearing that the ruling may hit its demolition drive, the Palike has decided to challenge it.

A senior counsel hired by the Palike said that the court could turn down the appeal on the grounds that it was filed “very late”, a senior BBMP official told DH on the condition of anonymity.

“Still, we have decided to appeal against the ruling and are ready to go to the highest level as it affects the ongoing demolition drive,” the official said.

“The counsel who appeared for the BBMP (in the case) failed to highlight the provisions in the master plan that the topographical details such as stormwater drains, forest and hillocks mentioned in village maps stand valid even if they are missing from the master plan,” he added.

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