Citizens seek action against commercial centres in residential areas

Citizens seek action against commercial centres in residential areas
A group of citizens on Friday demanded that the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) should strictly act against commercial establishments functioning from residential areas.

At a press conference organised by Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF), the citizens said that those who raised their voice against the commercial establishments in their locality are being threatened to remain silent and not to complaint against them to the BBMP.

Jayanagar resident C N Kumar said pubs, bars, hotels and shopping complexes in residential areas are killing the tranquil of those areas. “I know of cases where agarbatti factories operate from residential areas, which is prohibited under law,” said Kumar.

Another citizen Vijayan Menon said the violators of law are making the lives of law abiding citizens miserable.

“Around 90% of the establishments do not have trade licences. It is the job of BBMP health officers to know what is happening in their jurisdiction. But they do not do their job as such establishments are source of their additional income.”

Sridhar Pabbisetty of the NBF said zoning regulations must be strictly implemented. “The Palike has issued a public notice warning people not to violate zonal regulations. The onus of implementing it lies on the officials, who are callous. We want the BBMP to name such officers who are failing in their duties,” he said Pabbisetty.
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