Case Against Builder for 'Violating' Norms
A private complaint has been filed before the Lokayukta special court against BBMP officials, including former commissioner Siddaiah and present commissioner Lakshminarayana, in connection with sanction of building plan for Mantri Pinnacle in Hulimavu.
The complainant, former councillor Lakshminarayana, alleged that BBMP turned a blind eye to the fact that the project comprises 133 dwellings in a single building. Counsel for the complainant, N Jagadeesha, told the court that the original owner of the property (Survey number 60/1) at Hulimavu village had executed a relinquishment deed in favour of BBMP. He said the entire extent of the property was 2 acres and 32 guntas.
The relinquishment deed was for 24.3 guntas free of cost and the BBMP built an 80-ft road. Later, the land owner sought Transferable Development Rights (TDR) but the BBMP rejected it stating that the owner had voluntarily consented to building the road.
“The BBMP gave a single property number despite it being divided in two parts. When DSK Southern Projects filed an application on behalf of the owner seeking sanction to build 105 houses in a residential complex, the BBMP sought various queries, but clarified in writing that there was nothing wrong with a single khata”, the complainant said.
Subsequently, DSK Southern Projects changed the project name to Mantri Dwellings Pvt Ltd. And, on behalf of the owner, Mantri obtained commencement certificate for the project of 105 houses from BBMP on January 28, 2012.
The sanction was for two basement floors, a ground floor, a 40-floor residential building and construction of a helipad between floors 41 and 46.
The complainant alleged that now 133, dwellings (56 3-BHK units, 74 4-BHK units and three 5-BHK units) have been built. He also alleged that the BBMP, while granting sanction, included its road and the entire 11,335.41 sqmts as part of the project.