BENGALURU: The Karnataka government has suspended 13 officials after it was alleged that they were involved in allowing illegal constructions to take place in Bengaluru. The 13 officials are part of a list released by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) which has recommended the names of 20 officials who are alleged to have let illegal constructions take place in the city.
Aprt from Six retired civic officials will have criminal charges slapped against them. "These 20 civic officials seem to be prima-facie responsible for facilitating encroachments of storm water drains, which caused flooding in several parts of the city following a heavy downpour in the last week of July. In fact, these officials are said to have colluded with realtors and allowed illegal constructions," sources in the chief minister's office (CMO) said.
The civic officials who face punitive action are: S C Karigowda (BDA-retired), G J Nayak (BDA-retd), B Satyanarayana (BDA-retd), M N Shankar Bhat (BDA-retd), Guruprasad (BBMP-assistant engineer), Shashidhar (BBMP-ADTP), B T Mohankrishna (BBMP),Govindaraju (BBMP), Chowde Gowda (BBMP-retd), K Veerendranath (BBMP-retd), Mohammed Abdulla Azeem (BBMP -AEE), G Gurumurthy (BBMP – AEE), Vijaykumar D Patil (BBMP-ADTP), D S Sarvothamaraju (BBMP-ADTP), S Mrutanjaya (BBMP – SE), T Nataraj (BBMP – JDTP), Liaqat (BBMP – AEE), Sunitha (BBMP – AE), Gangappa (BBMP-AEE) and Munikrishna (BBMP-Chief Engineer).
According to the government order, these 20 officials had sanctioned building plans and title deeds to realtors by turning a blind eye to the fact that these properties were located in the buffer zones around storm water drains and water bodies. "Their complicity in the crime was evident during the on-going anti-encroachment drive being carried in Bengaluru city.
A majority of the people, whose properties have been demolished, have been demanding the government to take action against civic officials who had given necessary approvals for their housing projects. There are many such rogue officials who have thrown the rule-book to the wind and facilitated illegal constructions; action will be taken against them too," sources in the CMO said.