bbmp: Bengaluru: BBMP’s notices for violations send owners of 10,000 buildings into a tizzy | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Thousands of property owners across the city are in a state of panic after the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) issued ‘provisional orders’ listing out structural deviations and violations and directing they be raze d.
While senior officials were tight-lipped about the exact number of such orders issued, sources in the civic body claimed about 10,000. Though there was no official confirmation about the sudden flood of notices, sources admitted that the development has to be seen in the backdrop of the high court having asked the civic body to submit a compliance report on the action it has taken vis-a-vis structural deviations in the city.
The provisional orders cite the BBMP Act-2020, the existing Building Byelaws and Zoning Regulations-2020, and listed out the deviations from sanctioned plans in terms of absences of prescribed setbacks, violation of floor area ratio and also construction of extra floors. Provisional orders have also been issued to unauthorised constructions where structures have been built without plan approvals.
According to some orders accessed by TOI, the owners have been asked to demolish portions of their structures that are in deviation from the sanctioned plan. In case of properties still under construction, the orders call for stopping the deviations immediately. The owners have to clear/demolish the deviations at their own expense.
Advocates involved in handling cases of alleged structural violations and deviations said property owners have to get back to zonal officials concerned and will have to convince them that there are no violations. According to section 248(3) of BBMP Act, if the owner or the builder fails to satisfy the zonal officials, the zonal commissioner may confirm the order, with any modification he/she may think fit and such order shall then be binding on the owner.
Several owners put on notice over violations spoke to TOI, voicing their angst. M Srinivas, a resident of Kathriguppe, said the order has been issued for not adhering to the one-metre setback rule. “The site size is so small and if I leave a setback of one metre on all the four sides, where will I build my house?” Srinivas asked, adding that he built the house with his life’s savings.
Rajalakshmi Kumar from Hebbal, who received a notice for building an extra floor, said: “My house is over 10 years old and I have permission to construct ground plus one floor. I have built a small store room on the terrace of the first floor and BBMP is now saying that it’s a violation.” She said demolishing the store room might damage the rest of the structure. BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta was unavailable for comments.

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