Minister directs BBMP officials to stop dumping debris in lakes

Bengaluru: Minister for Bengaluru Development K.J. George on Friday took exception to dumping of waste materials into the lakes and directed officials to initiate stern action against offenders including builders in this regard.

The minister, accompanied by Rizwan Arshad, MLC, Bangalore Development Authority Commissioner Rakesh Singh and top engineers of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike visited Nellurahalli, Siddapura and Sheelavanta lakes near Mahadevapura and heard the public grievances.

The local residents brought to the notice of the minister about the encroachments and dumping of building construction waste materials near the lakes and urged the minister to initiate action at the earliest.

Minister George directed the Tahsildar to initiate swift action and fence the area surrounding the lakes after conducting a proper survey. All the three lakes should be properly surveyed and fenced by next month end, he added calling for stern action against offenders by police and the BBMP.

Rakesh Singh explained to the minister that de-weeding in Bellandur Lake had already commenced and similar action would follow at Varthur lake in a few days. The sewage treatment plant at Bellandur would also start functioning from July, he added saying that he would visit the Varthur lake tomorrow itself and decide about future action to free the lake from encroachers and debris dumping after interacting with the BBMP Joint Commissioner, local people and social service organisations.

The minister also heard grievances at a meeting held at Palm Meadows in Whitefield in which the local residents brought to his notice about delay in commencement of works with regard to development of Borewell road, Vibgyor Road and Narayanapura Road. The Executive Engineer explained to the minister that foot path and drain works had already commenced on Borewell Road. As regards widening of Vibgyor and Narayanapura roads, there had been delay due to acquisition of properties and it had been finalised now.

The minister directed the BBMP special commissioner to issue TDR Notification soon and pave way for taking up work before end of next month.

When some local people brought to the notice of the minister about the delay in taking up signal free corridor work near Hope Farm, BBMP Executive Engineer Prahlad explained to the minister that the delay was due to some property acquisition and the problem has been sorted out. Once the relinquish deeds were done by another fortnight work would commence at Hoody, Kundalahalli and Hope Farm at once, he added.

The minister also agreed to a suggestion to earmark one of the newly purchased mechanical sweeper for service in Mahadevapura Area and said

it would be pressed into service in a few days. He also noticed a vacant land nearby and directed the officials to convert into a parking lot.

Sri George also directed the Executive Director (Major Roads) to put lane markings near bus shelters in Mahadevapura to avoid traffic problems following a request by Bangalore Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) Managing Director Ekroop Caur, who was also present on the spot.

BBMP Special Commissioner Manoj, who was also present, explained various measures to the public on including names in voters ID list including availability of online service.

The minister said he would review the progress of works after 45 days at the same place.

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