BENGALURU: Days after the havoc caused by rains-triggered floods in parts of Bengaluru, the civic body on Monday began a demolition drive.
A team of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) initiated the exercise at eight places, which were allegedly causing flooding in and around Bellandur in Mahadevapura zone.
The BBMP identified at least 10 places in the Mahadevapura zone, which were choking the flow of rainwater, including a building, playground and garden of a prominent private school which encroached stormwater drain, PTI quoted official sources as saying.
The next challenge before the authorities is to raze an elite apartment right next to the school, they added.
The encroachment will also be carried out in Chellaghatta, Chinnappana Halli, Basavannanagar, Spicy Garden, and SR.of Basavanpura ward which comes under the Mahadevpur zone, reported ANI.
The encroachment area has been identified by the land surveyor in the Cambridge College premises and is being cleared by JCB machines with the help of the corporation officials, a team of marshals, and police personnel, the BBMP said.
Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said there will be no partisanship in the drive to remove the alleged encroachment of the stormwater drains that were said to be majorly responsible for the floods in Bengaluru recently following heavy downpour.
“I have given a clear direction to the officials to remove the encroachment whoever has built structures on the stormwater drains and interrupted the flow of rainwater. This I have made very clear on day one,” he told reporters.
“There is no question of any partisanship on the issue,” Bommai added.
When asked if big companies were found to be encroaching the stormwater drains, Bommai said, “Whoever they are, we will not spare them. Everybody suffered during floods, be it IT-BT people or the common people.”
Houses in low-lying areas too have faced problems, Bommai said, adding that the work on removal of all encroachments will be completed.
To a query whether the government will file a caveat in the court, Bommai said it has obtained directions from the court.
“Also, we will give all the information to the courts. This time we will carry out an anti-encroachment drive on a big scale”.
— With inputs from agencies.





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