Former mayor PR Ramesh claimed the authorities have confirmed that the charges against Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) chief RP Sharma, that his own house is being built in violation of norms, are true.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, Ramesh said he and other former mayors had obtained documents about Sharma’s “unauthorised construction” under Right to Information Act. They had filed a complaint with urban development department and Lokayukta on August 9 and August 25 respectively, seeking a detailed probe.
Ramesh said that during the course of the investigation, the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) told the Lokayukta officials that Sharma’s building indeed violated norms. According to Ramesh, the civic body stated that the BMTF chief has gone ahead with construction on his 10,000-sq-ft plot at Golden Orchid Layout at Doddagubbi (in Bangalore East) without getting the building plan sanctioned.
Ramesh said the BDA’s report states that though Sharma has taken permission for the construction from the local village panchayat, this does not serve the purpose as the panchayat is not the authorised body to sanction building plan. Further, the BDA has stated that the layout in which Sharma has bought the plot is illegal itself and was started without its approval; therefore, giving permission to his building is out of question.
The former mayor said the BDA has directed town planning authority to act against the owner of the layout under Karnataka Town Planning Act and serve notice to Sharma, directing him to stop the construction immediately.
Sharma targeting BBMP
Former mayor PR Ramesh said that while action against mayor D Venkatesh Murthy (for allegedly encroaching four acres of land by forging documents) is welcome, it is puzzling why BMTF chief RP Sharma was not acting against home minister R Ashoka, who is responsible for getting the land sanctioned to the mayor. He said the BMTF was targeting only BBMP and overlooking blatant violations of other civic agencies, such as the BWSSB, BDA, slum-clearance board and Karnataka Housing Board.