BENGALURU: Even as Mayor Manjunath Reddy insists that the demolition drive will go on as planned and that there will be no mercy for big builders also, some members of the ruling party have raised questions over BBMP’s action.
At the BBMP council meeting held on Friday, likely to be the last meeting chaired by Manjunath Reddy, Congress corporator Gunashekar asked BBMP commissioner Manjunath Prasad to give more clarity about demolition drive.
He wanted to know what criteria is being followed for the demolition, whether it will be carried out only in flood-affected areas or across the city, and which maps will be considered for the demolition — village maps or the maps that BBMP uploaded on its website?
Gunashekar also had other questions — will only buildings raised on rajakaluves be demolished or those in buffer zones too, will only primary drains be taken into account or secondary drains too?
However, he was interrupted by other Congress leaders. After many attempts, the mayor finally managed to divert attention from the issue by saying that it was his last council meeting.
Reddy said BBMP will continue the demolition drive in various places of city. “We were to get the survey report from the officials on Thursday but there is a delay. As soon as we get it, there will be no hesitation in initiating action.”
The council also agreed not to permit town planning officials sourced from the Urban Development Department to approve construction or other plans.