Illegal shops in Bengaluru's residential areas to go

The drive against encroachments, illegal establishments, which will cover the entire city by February-end, is being enacted by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike on the orders of Deputy CM.

Published: 10th January 2019 09:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th January 2019 09:38 AM   |  A+A-

BBMP illegal shops drive

BBMP officials launched a crackdown on illegal commercial establishments in residential areas of the city on Wednesday.| Nagaraja Gadekal

Express News Service

BENGALURU: Finally, there is hope and reprieve for inhabitants of residential areas from busy commercial activities in their midst. They can look forward to easy pedestrian movement, unaffected by parking and encroachments on footpaths, as the civic body has finally launched an intense drive to remove them.

BBMP on Wednesday came down heavily on commercial establishments in residential areas and shops in basements. More than 1,000 notices have been issued on shops operating in basements, and commercial establishments along roads less than 40ft wide will be shut with immediate effect.

Following Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parameshwara’s instructions on Tuesday to clear footpath parking and encroachments across city roads, BBMP started its drive against shops operating in basements and commercial establishments in residential areas.

BBMP has asked all additional commissioners, special commissioners, joint commissioners and chief engineers to verify and list out such operations. On Wednesday, BBMP officials from West Zone conducted raids against illegal commercial establishments operating in residential areas without trade licences (TLs) from the BBMP. On the first day of the drive, BBMP shut down six commercial establishments in Sadashivnagar -- Design Ventures, Innovative Teleservices, Lohia Corp Ltd, Brain Gym and two other businesses which were found operating without TLs.

Exemptions were made only for those shops operating in the corner parcel of land at the intersection of 40ft and 60ft roads in the city.BBMP had issued TLs to commercial establishments located on roads below 40ft wide seven years ago, and no provision was made after that. Commercial establishments in these areas were not issued TLs in recent years, and have been operating illegally.

Meanwhile, BBMP officials have been asked to identify commercial establishments which have procured TLs, to issue notice soon. Manoj Kumar Meena, Special Commissioner, Projects, BBMP, told TNIE, “We have started a drive against commercial establishments in residential areas and no exemption can be given. We’ve been given a deadline to shut these establishments by February. There have been many complaints by Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs). We will especially conduct raids in areas like Indiranagar and Koramangala, which are full of these issues, and by February-end the entire city will be covered,” he said.

Clearing pavements, basements

BBMP also started a drive against footpath encroachments by basement shops in the city. On Wednesday, BBMP issued more than 1,000 notices to basement establishments in all eight BBMP zones. Meena said, “The deputy chief minister clearly ordered us to take action against basement shops in Bengaluru. Basements are meant purely for parking purpose, and no trade licenses have been issued for any shops to operate in basements. Thus, all basement shops will be considered unauthorized and cleared soon,” he said.

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  • Suri

    What a joke....
    7 months ago reply
  • BINZ

    After effects of lobbying by big brands to erase the next door convineance stores, Bloreans have been enjoying, run by families whose lively hood depends on these shops
    7 months ago reply
  • Hemakumar

    My kid is in UKG. Her class is running in the basement
    8 months ago reply
  • Vande Mataram

    It will be news for 2 days
    8 months ago reply
  • sneha

    Half of the footpath on both the sides of ramamurthy nagar are full of hawkers and extended shops
    8 months ago reply
  • David Anthony

    It's just the gimmick
    8 months ago reply
  • Suvashis Padhi

    Dear BBMP
    8 months ago reply
  • kanthi

    we can see lot of shops on footpath in marathahalli
    8 months ago reply
  • Suresh

    what about hawkers at Majestic bus stand pedestrian subways? Are they legal trade licensed shops or BBMP officers income source?
    8 months ago reply
  • Yash Pal

    This is the refrain every year and the no of illegal shops
    8 months ago reply
  • AK

    Need money for elections. Extort the businesses...
    8 months ago reply
    • Yash Pal

      Yes.
      8 months ago reply
  • Sooraj

    Good move keep them going intensely
    8 months ago reply
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