The demolition of Puttenahalli has taken more than 13 days and is still continuing making it one of the longest demolition in Banagalore’s BBMP history and the traffic on JP Nagar 7th Phase main road from Kothanur to Marenahalli remains snarled almost throughout the second week.
Bangalore’s civic body BBMP took up the demolition of illegal construction along the Puttenahalli lake in view of the encorachments and nearly 270 buildings have been put under notice and demolition, one of the major operations undertaken by the BBMP ahead of its impending civic polls in the city.
The demolition was announced well ahead 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 Puttenahalli lake.
“The houses will be removed within a week and lake development should be taken up soon, ” he said before taking up the process of demolition 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 on the same day.
The Puttenahalli Lake measures 13.25 acres and 1.21 acres of land has been encroached by these illegal constructions on all sides.
Lokesh earlier told the medi that the local MLA had offered the affected residents free land, power and water at Bettadaspura near Electronic City on humanitarian grounds but residents refused, leading to the inevitable demolishing undertaken by the BBMP.
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. However, the demolition did not include some temples in the area.