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BDA Wakes Up, Decides to Collect Visitors’ Details

The move comes just two days after a Lokayukta raid, which led to scathing criticism of the way in which anyone could enter the office to facilitate ‘deals’.

Published: 24th June 2014 07:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th June 2014 07:47 AM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) on Monday decided to register the details of people who visit its office everyday and put in place checks in line with security procedures followed by most multinational companies in the city.

The move comes just two days after a Lokayukta raid, which led to scathing criticism of the way in which anyone could enter the office to facilitate ‘deals’.

Close to `8 lakh in cash was recovered from various offices and vehicles while files meant for internal circulation were found being photocopied in nearby shops. Three of the seven people arrested during the raid were BDA officials. BDA had promised to crack down on the menace of middlemen and touts at the building and Monday’s instructions, if followed, would go a long way in ensuring that touts are barred entry from the building, sources  said.

All visitors will now have to make an entry of their address, phone number and the name of the officer they want to meet.

 A pass will be issued and this will have to be countersigned by the officer after the meeting is over. The visitor will then have to deposit the pass at the security gate before going out of the building, officials said.

Sources said the number of CCTVs in the building will also be increased and a list of known middlemen is being prepared.

The people on the list would then be barred entry permanently. The officials and employees have also been told to wear their ID cards at all times when on the campus. They will also have to log each entry and exit into the building.

BDA Commissioner T Sham Bhat could not be reached for comment on Monday.

However, he had earlier expressed his willingness to strictly implement the rule on entry of general public into the office premises.

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