Known as India’s IT hub, Bengaluru boasts of leading the country into an era of technological and digital revolution. However, today the city stands exposed for having fallen prey to uncontrolled urbanization, haphazard growth and above all lack of accountability among those governing this city. The BBMP demolitions of unauthorized constructions on storm water drains is evidence to the fact that our city has been ‘sold’ to unscrupulous builders, who have deep pockets and strong political clout. While citizens suffer for very little fault of theirs, those responsible for running this city continue to shirk their responsibility.
Under the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, 1976 and the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964, both the BBMP and Urban Development Department (UDD) are responsible for enforcing laws and zoning regulations. Given that illegal structures were allowed to be built by the willing cooperation of government agencies, it is a clear indication of violation of these acts. Hence, the critical question that arises is – will the state government take note of these violations and prosecute those responsible for leaving this city in a demolished state?
Until a few years ago, since the city’s lakes were well linked via canals, water used to drain effortlessly. However, unplanned growth and greed by builders and developers led to the construction of houses on storm water drains, causing unprecedented floods and suffering for citizens. Last month’s deluge forced the civic authorities to wake up and take note of such constructions. However, what is shocking is their action was based on an old 1905 British map, which was used to mark the original boundaries of the lakes and canals. The city, sadly, does not have maps that have evolved in line with its growth. It is tragic that land records too are in a disarray and cannot be trusted. This establishes that the civic authorities have failed miserably in their surveillance function!
Now, who is taking the responsibility of such a massive administrative failure? Who will book these corrupt officials, who in the name of responsibility, fill up their pockets with citizens’ hard earned money?
It is time the state government takes note of such deliberate and corrupt actions and brings about a decisive change in the way civic authorities perceive their responsibilities towards citizens. Failing to do so, will only push Bengaluru towards an irreversible downhill path.
To send a message to the government and help those fight whose homes have been Demolished by Corruption, Namma Bengaluru Foundation in partnership with our Founder Trustee Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP, met Victims and Concerned Citizens to deliberate the way forward towards cleaning up Bengaluru of corruption and mal-governance!
Namma Bengaluru Citizens’ Committee
Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF) has set up Namma Bengaluru Citizens Committee (NBCC) comprising eminent citizens and legal experts. The NBCC will review ALL land grabs, encroachments and illegalities reported, and forward as necessary to appropriate authorities – Government agencies, media and legal action.
Citizens can now reach out to the Namma Bengaluru Citizen’s Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org and report the following:
- Information & details of all types of land-grabs & encroachments – Storm Water Drains, Lakes, Public Land & Illegal Constructions.
- Any Evidence of Government Officials and Politicians involved in all such illegal activities.
The Committee members – Shri HS Doreswamy, Senior Freedom Fighter; Shri Krishna, Former Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly; Shri AT Ramaswamy, Chairman – Joint Legislature Committee on Encroachments in Bangalore Urban District; Shri V Balasubramanian, former Additional Chief Secretary – Government of Karnataka; Shri BN Vijaykumar, MLA – Jayanagar Constituency; Shri Prithvi Reddy, Convener, Aam Aadmi Party – Karnataka; Shri Sajan Poovayya, Senior Advocate, Former Additional Advocate General for Karnataka and Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP, Member of Parliament and Founder Trustee of Namma Bengaluru Foundation – will take these reported illegalities with appropriate authorities.
Note: Your identity will be kept confidential.
- NBF Founder Trustee MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s letter to CM Siddaramaiah
- NBF raises the pitch; writes to Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah
- NBF’s canter yatra against corruption
- Online petition demanding accountability from the Government