The High Court on Wednesday took a stern view on the poor condition of BBMP quarters and directed its commissioner to personally inspect the quarters at Kumbaragundi near J C Road and submit a report on the condition of the structure in 30 days.
The court gave this direction while hearing a petition filed by a BBMP employee alleging that the quarters complex was in a poor condition.
Petitioner S Sheshagiri, a second division clerk at the office of assistant commissioner, residing at Quarters No 3 of BBMP residential complex in Kumbaragundi, alleged that the complex was not in a good condition.
He said he had requested the mayor to allot him an alternative accommodation, preferably Residence No 2 in BBMP residential B Block on Mission Road as it was vacant. His contention was supported by the jurisdictional Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE).
However, he had moved the court after the BBMP asked him to shift back to J C Road quarters after the then Deputy Mayor S Harish, who recommended that the quarters allotted to the petitioner on Mission Road be allotted to one B S Sunanda, an administrator in the BBMP.
Hearing the petition, Justice Ram Mohan summoned BBMP Commissioner Rajneesh Goel to appear in court on Wednesday and asked him, “Why do you see only money? Are you not concerned about people or even your employees? Don’t play with people’s life. You think only about money. If the building collapses, the BBMP and you (commissioner) will be directly responsible,” he observed.
He directed Goel to provide an alternative accommodation to the petitioner and asked him to inspect the quarters.
He instructed him to file a report in this regard within 30 days.
The case was adjourned for further hearing.