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Corporation stops construction of building

By Our Staff Correspondent



The building that has been constructed over a main water pipeline in Mysore. — Photo: M.A. Sriram

MYSORE, APRIL 8. The Mysore City Corporation Commissioner, A.B. Ibrahim, has issued instructions to stop the construction of a building at Yadavagiri following fears that it endangers the main water pipeline from Vani Vilas Waterworks on Vivekananda Road.

The construction of the building figured at the corporation Council meeting recently. The Commissioner had said he was helpless to stop the construction work.

Although the corporation cancelled the licence for construction January 6, construction activity continued.

In his order, the Commissioner pointed out that the construction and the weight of the building can damage the pipeline. The construction of the building violates the sanctioned plan. The building is coming up above two major drinking water pipelines running around seven feet beneath the ground. The Executive Engineer of Vani Vilas Waterworks, after an on-the-spot inspection, stated that the building is coming up above the pipeline.

The two pipelines, on an average, carry 50 lakh litres of water. New Sayyaji Rao Road, Medar Block, Mandi Mohalla, Lashkar Mohalla, Gandhi Square, Mahaveer Nagar, Halladkeri, Soppinkeri and Gardikeri receive water through this pipeline.

Mr. Ibrahim alleged that the builder, V.V. Harish, misled the corporation officials by providing false documents and concealing the fact that the pipeline passed underneath. All the details were not disclosed to the officials when he applied for a licence from the corporation.

He has said the construction not only posed a danger to the pipeline but also to the inhabitants of the building.

Invoking provisions of the Karnataka Land Acquisition Act, he has said that since the pipeline is underneath the site on which the construction is taking place, the land will be acquired.

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