Builder throws setback norms out of the window, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

July 19, 2023

BENGALURU: Authorities from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) have come under scrutiny for their alleged negligence in addressing illegal construction activities at ST Bed Layout.

The residents’ frustration reached a tipping point as a builder commenced construction without adhering to the necessary norms, leading to potential hazards for the community.

The residents said that the builder’s failure to follow setback norms resulted in a blind curve at one corner of the structure. Recent accidents near the curve have raised concerns among motorists who struggle to anticipate oncoming vehicles due to restricted visibility.

Residents have voiced their objections to the construction and requested the contractor to leave sufficient space between the footpath and the building, in compliance with building by-laws.

“Recently, a road accident took place near the curve. With the corner becoming a blind curve, it has become tough for motorists to notice the vehicles coming opposite the corner. We have requested the contractor engaged by the builder to leave sufficient space between the footpath and the structure,’’ said Gopi Krishna, a resident.

The residents gathered at the construction site on Monday demanding the contractor to stop the work, but in vain. “We are not against the construction of the building if the builder follows the building by-laws. If allowed the construction of the structure, there will be no space for a footpath till the construction is completed. It will be a permanent problem for the motorists if the construction is allowed without leaving the space as per the norms,’’ said Rajendra Babu Reddy, president of ST Bed Layout Residents’ Welfare Association.

On Tuesday, the residents approached BTM Layout MLA and Transport and Muzrai Minister Ramalinga Reddy seeking his intervention to stop the construction of the structure that poses a danger to motorists. The minister promptly intervened and directed the BBMP executive engineer to halt the construction. “We are very happy with the minister’s directive to the BBMP executive engineer. The minister told us that residents’ welfare is important to him,’’ said Rajendra.

Residents said that in response to the minister’s directive, the construction work came to a stop, and some progress was made in removing blue galvanised iron sheets but the iron frames are yet to be removed.

“We are happy with the stopping of the construction work. It will be a great help for pedestrians if the iron frames are removed from the roadside. I want the BBMP executive engineer to visit the spot and direct the builder to remove these iron frames without any delay,’’ said a resident.

BBMP executive engineer Ashok Biradar said that he ensured the construction work stopped immediately. “I asked the builder to produce the plan approved by the BDA since the layout is developed by the BDA.

Our responsibility is to ensure that the builder does not violate building by-laws while constructing the structure. It seems the builder did not apply for the plan approval from the BDA,’’ said the executive engineer. However, questions remain as to how the construction was allowed to progress without proper authorization.

  • Published On Jul 19, 2023 at 11:00 AM IST

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