Orion Mall and Gopalan Arcade Mall to be demolished

8/24/2016 Vinay kumar V 1 Comments


Two major malls in the city, which have come up on stormwater drains, may face the hammer, Mayor B N Manjunath Reddy said on Monday.

Reddy told DH that Orion Mall in Rajajinagar and Gopalan Arcade Mall in Rajarajeshwari Nagar have encroached on stormwater drains. “The survey has been completed and it has emerged that the two malls are sitting on stormwater drains,” he said.

Regarding Orion Mall, Reddy said, “The then BBMP commissioner Siddaiah had not given permission to build the mall, but the structure had still managed to come up, which is quite shocking.”

When contacted, Siddaiah said no malls were sanctioned during his tenure. “It is an old matter, which I cannot recall at this point. But I did not sanction any mall during my tenure as BBMP commissioner,” Siddaiah said.

Attempts to reach the authorities of Orion Mall went in vain, as the person who attended the calls refused to transfer them to the people concerned. General Manager of Gopalan Mall, Subba Rao said he was not aware of the mayor’s statement nor the status of the stormwater drain. 

“But if other buildings are being razed, then we are no exception,” said Rao.
Reddy has directed senior Palike officials to act against the ward-level BBMP engineers following reports that construction work had resumed at the controversial Puravankara Skydale in front of Haraluru Lake on Hosur Road.  

A week ago, the mayor had visited the spot and claimed that the building had encroached on a stormwater drain and the buffer zone of the lake. On his direction, the BBMP had “seized” the property a week ago. The Palike had also torn down the temporary tin-sheet fencing.

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BBMP makes Rajakaluve / Storm Water Drain Maps public

8/17/2016 Vinay kumar V 1 Comments



The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Saturday published details of rajakaluve encroachments on its website. The exhaustive list was uploaded in three main folders, 83 sub-folders and 1,923 revenue maps on the palike website.

Under the title, Survey Settlement and Land Records (SSLR-Revenue Maps) online, the BBMP website has classified details into three folders. They are: Bangalore East, Bangalore North and Bangalore North Add. The sub-folder provides a list of areas coming under these zones while another click gives details of encroachment and the survey numbers.

The documents are in Kannada and not optimized for web viewing, however, if there is a storm water drain passing through a survey number the file name includes the survey number. Some of the village level folders also contain the village map which gives you a rough idea of the SWD. It's difficult to interpret these maps and if you find your survey number it's better to approach the revenue department for more information.

BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad told Deccan Herald, “We have uploaded land records on the website as it is. Our revenue officials are working on providing separate details on encroachments based on each ward. The work is expected to be over by Sunday and we would publish a ward-wise list on Monday,” he said.

The commissioner also said the BBMP would upload geographic information system (GIS)-based maps of the rajakaluve network on the website shortly.

"This will help the general public make an informed decision before buying the property. The buyers will be able to look for information such as the survey number, land location as well as encroachment-related details on the website," he added.

The GIS map will have the rajakaluve network in it. If buyers feel there is a drain passing through the property, they can approach the revenue department for confirmation and further details," he added.



BBMP has separately hosted more detailed information for certain survey numbers which are affected by the current encroachment drive.
Circular and Encroachment Details from BBMP – contains detailed measurements of the SWD

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BBMP demolition drive targets Puravankara's Purva Skydale

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Palike razes tin sheet boundary of Puravankara project


An earthmover brings down the tin sheets placed around  Puravankara's upcoming apartment complex in front of  Haralur lake on Tuesday. DH photo

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) encroachment clearance drive has finally targeted a major builder. The civic agency on Tuesday razed a tin sheet boundary erected by Puravankara around its upcoming apartment complex in front of Haralur lake, southeast Bengaluru.

The Palike’s crackdown came on the direction of Mayor B N Manjunath Reddy. Purva Skydale, a 17-storey residential complex of 288 flats, is almost ready with final touches being given to it. There were complaints that the builder violated the lake’s buffer zone, encroached on a stormwater drain by building an apartment complex on it, diverted the flow of the drain and narrowed it.

Puravankara is also accused of encroaching on 7.5 guntas of land belonging to one Venkataswamy Reddy. Taking note of the complaints, the mayor reached the spot with Palike and revenue officials in tow. Finding truth in the complaints, Manjunatha Reddy directed the BBMP to seize the entire property and evict workers from the place.

On his instruction, Palike officials measured the lake’s buffer zone and found the boundary of the housing complex at least 36 feet inside the buffer zone. The tin sheets and the workers’ makeshift quarters were immediately razed to the ground.

Speaking to reporters later, the mayor referred to complaints against the project — encroachment of stormwater drain, encroachment of Haralur lake’s buffer zone and encroachment of Venkataswamy Reddy’s 7.5 guntas of land in survey number 100/3 of Kudlu village in Sarjapur hobli, Anekal taluk. He took the officials to task for not responding to repeated complaints by Venkataswamy Reddy.

“Puravankara has encroached upon Venkataswamy Reddy’s land. He fought a long legal battle in the lower court and the High Court ruled in his favour, but he has not yet got his land,” the mayor said. Manjunatha Reddy directed the BBMP to survey the SWD and submit a detailed report.

Reacting to the BBMP action, a spokesperson for Puravankara said, “Puravankara clarifies that the project is being developed on 186 guntas, and has a clear marketable title. The property has been purchased through a valid sale deed and we have the BBMP khata for the entire extent of land in our name, with all taxes paid till date.

“We are the rightful owner of the property and have adhered to all bye-laws and obtained all necessary NOCs and plan sanctions. Referring to the 7.5 guntas of land, the matter is sub judice. We reiterate that we have not encroached on any private or public property (SWD).”

The mayor also inspected Sunny Brooks, a gated community at Dodda Kannahalli on Sarjapur Road near Wipro office. He said the SWD had been encroached upon, causing flooding in a residential layout in the upstream of Saul Kere.

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Latest app to speed up the work of measurements!

8/13/2016 Vinay kumar V 0 Comments




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6 'illegal' apartment complexes found on SWDs in Bangalore

8/11/2016 Vinay kumar V 1 Comments




6 'illegal' apartment complexes found on SWDs; re-survey today to seal their fate


The clock's ticking and this time there may be no mercy. Property owners of apartments built upon storm water drain (SWD, or raja kaluve) may soon face action. Officials on Friday identified six 'illegal' properties built on the drain corridor in Kodichikkanahalli. This encroachment is believed to be the root cause of last week's flooding.



On Friday morning, a team of officials from the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) set out for a spot inspection in Kodichikkanahalli, carrying with them the map that marked the original positions of storm water drains in the area, and also the latest Google images, to compare. This gave the surveyors a clear understanding of the encroached parts of the drain network. 


The map showed that the SWD network was supposed to pass via Kodichikkanahalli and empty out into the Madivala lake. However, at points along this network, the SWD disappeared altogether - in its place were multi-storeyed apartment buildings that were clearly cutting off drainage.


The SWD network is supposed to connect the city's lakes and carry excess rainwater out. The recent inundation of areas surrounding water bodies was the result of this network being cut off, mainly due to illegal constructions, say experts.


Mirror had recently reported on July 30 ('Marooned in the mess of their own making) how the breach of the Halimavu lake affected more than 2 lakh people residing in and around Duo enclave, Anugraha layout, Ramanashree enclave, Kodichikknahalli, Doctors layout, Seenappa layout and surrounding areas.


Comparing the 'before and after' documents, the officials were able to confirm the apartments that were major encroachers of the drain. Interestingly, these 'illegal' properties were built with a bank loan, and an approved building plan from the civic agency and the owners have been paying property tax too.


The BMTF officials were planning to register FIRs against the owner/developer of the six apartments they identified. But in a final round of meeting with the BBMP, it was decided that there would be a re-survey before zeroing in on the next course of action.


Apartments that face action include those built on survey numbers 6, 8, 10, 16 and 17 of Kodichikkanahalli village. Each apartment complex has units between 500 and 1,000 scaling up to ground plus five floors. As per the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, any structure that encroaches upon an SWD can be demolished without issuing a prior notice to the property owner.


"We took the drain map and the latest Google images and superimposed the two. The illegally urbanized areas were visible and we could easily identify the encroachments along the drain network. To start with, we have identified six apartments built on the drain and FIRs were being readied against the builders," a senior official in charge of the inspection told Bangalore Mirror.


However, after consulting the BBMP joint commissioner (east) and the BMTF chief, additional director general of police T Suneel Kumar decided to commission a re-survey of the drain and the properties. The exercise will begin on Saturday from the Madivala point.


BUFFER ZONE


According to the law and also the latest National Green Tribunal, an SWD in Bengaluru has a buffer zone of 50 m. For secondary drains, it is 35 m and 15 m for tertiary drains. The buffer zone is the distance from a storm water drain in which no construction is allowed.

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