BANGALORE: BJP Councillors in the BBMP Council have questioned District In-charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy’s move to dissolve three sub-committees formed to look into illegal optical fibre cables (OFC), hoardings and issuing of revenue khatas.
In a letter on Tuesday, Reddy had directed BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana to dissolve the these sub-committees, which he claimed, are in violation of Section 74 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation (KMC) Act which mandates only 12 standing committees. The additional committees affect councillors’ day-to-day activities as they are made members of these committees, he had said.
Yediyur Councillor N R Ramesh, a member of the OFC sub-Committee, said the committee has streamlined the OFC system.
In its interim report submitted last year, the committee had stated that 17 telecommunication service providers had laid 65,000 km of OFCs without permission. In February and March this year, the committee had got BBMP to collect `179 crore from erring telecom providers, he stated.
A senior BJP Councillor said the committees were formed after passing a resolution in the BBMP Council. “These committees have members from all parties. It is not constituted by our party,” he said.
“Reddy, who is representing the State government, is interfering in the BBMP’s functioning and this is against the spirit of the 74th Amendment of the Constitution,” he alleged.
Former Opposition leader, M K Gunashekar, said the Taxation and Finance committee has been formed to evaluate tax-related issues, including advertisements, and revenue khatas. “When that is the case, what was the need to constitute revenue, advertisement and OFC sub-committees? ”
Speaking to Express, Reddy said: “If they (BBMP) want to have additional committees, they should pass a resolution to amend the KMC Act and send it to the State government for approval. They don’t have any rights to form committees on their own”.
BBMP to Seek Legal recourse
“In the next few days, we will get an opinion from our legal cell and send it to the State government,” said BBMP commissioner Lakshminarayana.