Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) ADGP R P Sharma has told BBMP, BDA, BWSSB, BMRDA and other stake holders to prepare a list of properties owned by them.
BMTF had convened a coordination meeting on Wednesday with all the stake holders. Later, speaking to the reporters, Sharma said BMTF could not reach certain stakeholders and therefore told them to prepare a list of properties. “Even the Urban Development Department has written letters to these civic organisation, stressing them to prepare a list of their properties but so far they have not done it. In order to create awareness, we had convened a meeting for the same,” he said.
Further Sharma said that so far they have registered 144 cases against building violation. He said BMTF is staff crunched and at present they can only take small cases. He also said that in October 2011, he had written a letter to the BBMP Commissioner about the building violation.
“We got reply from his subordinate saying that within three days they will reply, so far they have not replied,” he said. Later in December, BMTF had organized workshop for BBMP officials. But none of them attended. “One cannot blame us for not informing officials or commissioner,” he said.
Speaking of slapping notice on Mayor D Venkatesh Murthy, Sharma said that they have registered a case under section 197 of India Penal Code (false declaration by public servant). Mayor is facing the charges of filing false declaration and affidavit to become a beneficiary of eight acres of land at Somanahalli village under Uttarahalli Hobli in Bangalore South. The land was allotted to Mayor and his wife in 2004. When asked about Mayor taking anticipatory bail, Sharma refused to comment. Sharma said that BMTF has not filed cases against any other councillors other than the Mayor. He stressed that he has not listed the names of the officials who protested. “We are doing our duties. Government spends around `7 crore per year on BMTF and it is our duty to bound as per the rules,” he said. Speaking about the pressure by the government in disposing the case, he said pressure is a belief and feeling.
“I do not have any such feelings or belief,” he said, adding except President of India or Governors of the state no one has the power to be saved by the law from prosecution.