The demolition drives undertaken in Kasavanahalli, Avani Sringeri Nagar and Shivanahalli.Demolition drives carried out by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike of properties that have allegedly encroached on stormwater drains around lake beds has triggered protests. Several affected people, including owners of villas, have furnished purported documents of land ownership issued by the BBMP. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, however, has warned of “merciless action” against encroachers.
The demolition drives undertaken in Kasavanahalli and Avani Sringeri Nagar areas in the southern parts of the city and in Shivanahalli in the north is the third in a series of such drives carried out by the BBMP since the Congress government came to power in 2013.
Speaking on the issue, the Chief Minister said: “Whether they are builders or developers, irrespective of how influential they are, merciless action will be taken against those who have encroached on storm water drains. An inquiry has been ordered and action will be taken against officials who enabled this illegal construction.”“Clearing of encroachments may hurt some people, but larger public interest is important,’’ he said, adding that if immediate action was not taken in the matter, some parts of Bengaluru may see a situation like Chennai in the December 2015 flood.