Bangalore civic body BBMP began demolishing the 70 notified houses along the Puttenahalli lake in JP Nagar 7th phase on Thursday morning, blocking the main road on both sides triggering a traffic chaos in the entire area.
Though the demolition was announced last week by chairman of the BBMP standing committee for horticulture K Raganna, who said the illegal houses were hindering the progress of the development of the lake.
“The houses will be removed within a week and lake development should be taken up soon, ” he said last week and the authorities began the process on Thursday early morning with bulldozers reaching the area and top police and revenue officials combing the lakeside demolition.
“About 70 houses had llegally come up at Lakshmi Layout at Lake Place. Seven years back, the local leaders had illegally sold the place to the people taking from each of them Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh,” said Puttenahalli ward corporator L. Ramesh, whose illegally constructed office on the other side of Puttenahalli was also removed in a hurry. The Puttenahalli Lake measures 13.25 acres and 1.21 acres of land has been encroached by these illegal constructions.
He, however, said local MLA had offered the affected residents free land, power and water at Bettadaspura near Electronic City on humanitarian grounds but in vain leading to the inevitable demolishing undertaken by the BBMP. Will BBMP apply the rule of law and demolish all the illegal constructions in the area, questioned some affected residents.
Reports say nearly 30% of constructions in the last one decade are illegal constructions in Bangalore devoid of BBMP approval and often BBMP blinked while the apartments were coming up under its very nose, they told local TV channels.