'No mercy against SWD encroachers'

Day after downpour: Rain stirs government from its slumber, damage control on

A day after the heavy downpour wrecked havoc in Bangalore, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Saturday said the Palike will act mercilessly against illegal structures in the City.

The Chief Minister, after reviewing measures taken by the Palike to tackle flooding in Bangalore, told mediapersons that the Palike had cleared 355 structures which were obstructing the flow of water in drains in the last two years. There are a total of 958 such structures in the City, he said.

When asked as to why the Palike had not been able to clear the rest of the structures, Yeddyurappa said the owners of several structures had moved Court against demolition. “I have told officers to hire efficient advocates and ensure that all illegal structures are removed,” he said.

He said he would speak to the Advocate General in this regard. Earlier in the day, Bangalore South Incharge Minister R Ashoka said the BBMP will launch a major demolition drive to evict encroachments on drains.

“We will not spare any building constructed illegally on stormwater drains. Except for those under litigation, we will raze all illegal buildings located on four major storm water drains running across Bangalore,” he stated.

Damage control

*Ten control rooms working 24/7
*13 prahari vehicles and 200 gangmen put on job
*10 teams of the Forest dept working to clear uprooted trees
*BWSSB replaces damaged valves

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