BENGALURU: BBMP which is acting tough against storm water drain(SWD) encroachers, seems to have itself encroached upon drains and leased out buildings to various agencies, alleged BJP City unit Secretary N R Ramesh. He alleged that these properties are less than half a km from the BBMP head office.
Ramesh told Express that the primary drains in Koramangala, Vrushabhavathi and Hebbala vallies run a length of 140 km, 143 km and 84 km, respectively. At least 100 BBMP properties are on these stretches. BBMP has leased them out to private individuals and organisations for lesser amount (Rs 1,000 per year). The lessees have constructed buildings and in turn sub-leased or rented them for more, he alleged.
Citing examples, Ramesh said a couple of properties were leased out on JC Road , near the old Shivaji Theatre. “They have constructed four floors on encroached upon primary drains. They are paying BBMP Rs 1,000 per year and earning Rs 6.5 lakh rent per month,” he alleged.
“Another building near the Regional Passport Office on Lalbagh Road was given on lease to a private company which added to the construction some 13 years back. They also paying Rs 1,000 and earning in lakhs. I have complained to the BBMP Commissioner. Before razing others properties, let them correct themselves,” he urged.