Angry residents stall Palike's demolition drive in R T Nagar  

Angry residents stall Palike's    demolition drive in R T Nagar  

High-voltage drama ensued in R T Nagar on Thursday when the BBMP demolition squad went to raze the compound wall of a residential complex. 

Even as the civic agency workers reached the spot in the morning, angry residents of Shriram White House at Govindaraj Garden swarmed the officials.

BMTF sleuths and the R T Nagar Police, who had accompanied the BBMP team, were helpless as the adamant residents had slept in front of the earthmovers and Palike vehicles. The officials were later forced to leave the area.

A survey by revenue officials showed that the residential building had encroached on 9.5 guntas of a stormwater drain. Post the flash floods on July 29, 2016, the BBMP had undertaken a demolition drive in the city to clear stormwater drains of encroachment.

Hebbal MLA Y A Narayanaswamy, who visited the spot, asked the officials to explain the basis on which the survey was undertaken. “Palike officials have no idea about the origin and end point of the drains in the core areas of Bengaluru and its buffer zones, and the way a survey has to be conducted. I insisted on a resurvey. Palike officials agreed to this, and left the place,” Narayanaswamy told DH.

BBMP chief engineer (stormwater drains) Siddegowda said a resurvey would be conducted soon, based on which further action would be taken.

Meanwhile, the owners of Patel’s Inn, a resort in the vicinity, started removing structures after the survey showed that the building had encroached on a stormwater drain.

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