bbmp: Karnataka HC slams BBMP, says its chief ‘must perform’ | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: The high court had some strong words for the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and its chief commissioner on Wednesday as it noted the tardy progress in identification and demolition of illegal structures in Bengaluru city over the past two years.
“Mr Gaurav Gupta, please perform. You are holding a very high position. We expect you to work. In two years, only survey has been done, that too partially. We are not satisfied. Next time, we need concrete action,” a division bench headed by Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi told the BBMP chief commissioner.
Expressing its discontent with the reports submitted on affidavit, the bench said that suo motu cognisance in this case was taken way back in 2019 and now, even after two years, no concrete steps have been taken by BBMP to remove the illegal constructions. BBMP has been directed to submit a compliance report by December 9, 2021, the next date of hearing.
We are not here to hear excuses; want you to perform: HC
The bench noted that according to data submitted to the court, 4,279 buildings with deviations have been identified and about 2,591 remain to be surveyed. However, the survey does not provide details about constructions without sanctioned plans.
“Not a single building constructed without sanctioned plan has been demolished. This is very very shocking. I feel this cannot be permitted. This means you are scared of taking action. That is not permitted. You take action.We are here to protect you. Who can touch you? You only come out with some figures to show that some survey has been carried out,” the chief justice told the chief commissioner.
Earlier, senior advocate DN Nanjunda Reddy, appearing for BBMP, submitted that the survey has been undertaken in two categories: one on deviations from the sanctioned plans and the other where the constructions were unauthorised. He added that the incumbent chief commissioner took charge on April 1, 2021 and the prevailing Covid pandemic affected the work.
The bench, however, was not impressed: “We are not here to hear excuses.You are holding a tough post. We want you to perform and show. We want the execution of the work. So please don’t tell us pandemic and all… how many buildings you have demolished and where are these illegal or unauthorised constructions?”
Gupta, who was present in court, assured that concrete steps would be taken by the next date of hearing and a demolition exercise will be carried out on the illegal buildings.
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