Govt mulls compensating those affected by demolition drive

Published: 24th August 2016 05:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th August 2016 05:20 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: People who have been affected by the recent demolition drive in the city may soon receive some respite. A proposal has been placed in front of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to provide compensation to the affected people.

Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy told Express that the state is mulling over providing alternate sites to people who have lost their houses in the drive. “In most cases, the fault is of the officials who converted the storm water drains to construction sites. It is not the mistake of the residents. The state is identifying the officials responsible for such irregularities and will initiate action against the culprits,” he said.

Elected representatives, including Dinesh Gundu Rao and BBMP Mayor B N Manjunath Reddy, met the chief minister and requested him that residents be compensated. Siddaramaiah, who also holds the Bengaluru Development portfolio, has assured them of taking a call on the issue soon.

Reddy said compensation will be distributed to families based on the extent of damage to the buildings. “It will be different for people who have completely lost their property and the ones who have suffered partial loss,” he added.

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