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No utility links for unauthorised houses

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  • Detailed surveys being carried out about all types of constructions
  • Officials to constantly monitor all new construction

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    Bangalore: Owners and residents of unauthorised buildings may have to face more than notices about the violations from the civic authorities in the near future.

    Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, while awaiting its larger role, may go in for some tough steps to tackle the increasing instances of building law violations and illegal constructions carried out without sanction.

    The "action plan" that may involve besides the BMP, Bangalore Development Authority and Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force officials, will constantly monitor all new buildings under construction to check if they conform to sanctioned plans and keep strictly to the building bylaws.

    The proposal is also to seek the cooperation of utility agencies such as Bangalore Electricity Supply Company and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board to disconnect power and water supply to the building involved in serious violations. This is expected to work as a deterrent for those who think they can get away with violations by paying "compounding fees" or penalties.

    Meanwhile, detailed surveys of all types of constructions are being carried out in revenue sites, privately promoted layouts and other lands, including those coming within the BDA's jurisdiction.

    Each zone of the city has been asked to identify big commercial buildings with serious violations or encroachments on to public property such as road or pavement space and immediately start taking action. To enable this, civic officials have proposed amendments to the Karnataka Public Procurement Act.

    This may enable major eviction drives and curb the misuse of basement parking space.

    In recent weeks, action has been taken against unauthorised structures and additions to buildings in areas such as Nandini Layout and Vrishabhavathi Layout.

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