The inordinate delay in following the high court order by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in implementing its own order has shown the civic body in poor light.
It may be recalled that the Karnataka High Court in its order dated October 16, 2012, after recording the undertaking of the respondents Nos. 1 to 3 (commissioner, executive engineer and assistant executive engineer of Pulakeshinagar sub-division, BBMP) had directed them to give effect to BBMP’s order dated January 14, 2011 within one month and in accordance with the law.
The BBMP in its order (No. KG Halli/CO/02/10-11, dated 14-1-2011) to Ansar Pasha of Ayodhya Das Nagar, had stated that Amar School Building situated on Survey No 307/1 (Survey No 4) was constructed without a sanctioned plan from the BBMP. The order stated that the construction of the building was in violation of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, 1976.
The order also reminded Pasha of its interim order (No. AEE[KG Halli]/PO/02/10-11, dated 4/1/2011) sent through post on January 5, 2011. It had also stated that Pasha had failed to reply to the notice. It had directed Pasha to reply to the notice within three days else action would be taken under Section 462 of the Karnataka Municipal Act, 1976.
When contacted, Pasha claimed that the land belongs to him, but the structure had no permission from the BBMP. “I had the plan for the old building and not to this structure,’’ defended Pasha.
However, the BBMP’s delay in implementing its own order has raised many eyebrows in the locality. “I think BBMP engineers are hand-in-glove with the building owner. I think that BBMP engineers are getting lot of money by delaying the implementation of the order for demolition of the building. I am of the opinion that BBMP engineers firmly believe that the more delay means the more the money,’’ remarked a resident.
Meanwhile, M Ramanjulu, executive engineer, Pulakeshinagar sub-division of BBMP, said that he was waiting for advice from the BBMP’s legal cell.
“There is a little bit confusion in implementing the order. The city civil court had passed an interim order to maintain the status quo. Recently, the high court directed us to take action as per the law. We have sent the file to the legal cell for clarification. We will implement the order as soon as we get clearance from the legal cell,’’ said Ramanjulu.