State government mulls relief for families that lost houses

Siddaramaiah asks BBMP officials to provide list of poor families; removal of encroachments on drains connecting lakes top priority

Published: 28th August 2016 04:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th August 2016 04:30 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: In some good news to those who lost their houses in BBMP’s encroachment removal drive, Chief Minister Siddaramiah on Saturday said he was thinking about compensation for families.

Speaking to reporters after the review meeting with BBMP officials on the drive, Siddaramaiah said many poor families lost their houses and the state government is thinking of alternative measures, including compensation. He has asked BBMP officials to provide a list of poor families who lost their houses.

In the meeting, the CM directed BBMP officials to remove encroachments on storm water drains that connect lakes. “Encroachment removal drive should be taken up on priority basis, especially at places where water flow is hindered,” he said. Removal of encroachments on dead storm water drains should not be taken up at present as priority should be given to vulnerable places.

‘No question of sparing anyone’

Siddaramaiah said there’s no question of sparing anyone who has encroached upon storm water drains. He directed BBMP officials to not leave any individuals or organisations who have encroached SWDs. “However influential they may be, do not spare them,” he said. “Our intention is to prevent flooding. Our bold decision has be applauded by many,” he said.

38 SWD taken

In the inital stage, BBMP is looking into the 38 main drains. “BBMP officials are clearing encroachments in these places,” he said.

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