The High Court, on Wednesday, directed the BBMP Commissioner to file a report by September 21, about the unauthorised buildings, including those which have violated laws and deviated from the authorised building plan.
The court has also ordered the commissioner to take stringent action, including filing of criminal cases against officials and engineers who have approved the plans for illegal buildings. The order was passed by Justice Ram Mohan Reddy after hearing a petition filed by Jahgirdar, an ex-serviceman and a resident of R T Nagar.
The petitioner had alleged the BBMP of not taking action against the owner of an illegal construction in the area despite complaining to the BBMP officials. The court observed that the BBMP officials had failed in all grounds to control the illegal constructions.
“Illegal constructions have turned into a menace in the city.If one approaches the officials with an intention to construct a building legally, the officials create several problems for him.
But the same officials extend all kind of cooperation to those who want to construct building violating norms, as they surely get bribe in such cases,” the court observed.
“Whenever the officials are asked for inspection, they come up with a ‘stock statement’ that the construction doesn’t come under their jurisdiction. They are doing this to escape from their responsibility,” the court fumed.