High-profile builders, builders and tech parks are among the many listing of alleged encroachers who closed up round 700 storm water drains in Bengaluru that led to final week’s flood in elements of the town.
The listing contains Wipro, Prestige, Eco Space, Bagmane Tech Park, Columbia Asia Hospital and Divyashree Villas, discovered NDTV, which has accessed the listing of encroachments by high-profile names. It additionally seems that whereas demolitions are on in full swing for widespread man’s properties, behemoth firms are but to be touched.
The engineers NDTV spoke to, stated on situation of anonymity that they may also not be spared. But the motion is but to start. “We are moving one after the other. But there’s a clear delay that we are seeing on ground,” one in all them stated.
A demolition drive, although, has been carried on the premises of Nalapad Academy of International School in east Bengaluru, which belongs to a frontrunner of the opposition Congress, which had been the most important critic of Karnataka’s BJP authorities over the floods. The college belongs to Congress Youth President Mohammed Nalapad.
Asked how encroachment by the college went unnoticed, Malathi, the chief engineer who was overseeing the demolition, blamed the income division.
“We didn’t know. This comes under the revenue department. They should have kept a check. Now we are demolishing the encroachment,” she instructed NDTV.
The demolitions in residential space, in the meantime, has been on since final week, although any official determine is but to reach.
In the jap a part of Bengaluru, the boundary wall of a four-storey constructing was razed whereas residents had been inside their properties on Tuesday.
Building proprietor Dinesh Reddy claimed he has taken “all necessary permissions” earlier than going forward with the development.
“This storm water drain has existed for a long time, and despite knowing this the authorities granted me permission to construct the building. I have not violated any rules. Without any notice, they have come and demolished the compound wall,” he stated.
NDTV questioned the manager engineer overseeing the demolition, who denied that any permission has been given for the development.
“This building has no sanctioned plan and they have violated the laws and have constructed on storm water drain,” stated Executive Engineer Muni Reddy.
Many residents stated they got no prior discover of the demolition and came upon about it solely once they heard the bulldozers in motion.
“They have not informed us. We were not informed. When the demolition began, we were inside our homes,” stated Alok, a resident of the four-storey constructing that was being demolished.
“I was sleeping. I had finished my night shift was fast asleep. I woke up suddenly to the loud noises of the demolition,” stated Praveen, one other resident.