A PRESS REPORT
HIGH COURT DIRECTION AND WARNING TO BBMP TO DEMOLISH THE ILLEGAL AND UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURE IN THE HEART OF THE CITY – RICHMOND ROAD.
THE COMPLAINT WAS LODGED BY THE NEIGHBOURS!!
BBMP had not followed the court’s five-month-old order to raze the construction
Warning the BBMP officials for not performing their duties, the High Court on Monday gave them just one day to complete demolition of an illegal construction near Richmond Road. The BBMPadvocate pleaded for more time, but the court ordered that BBMP report to the court by 10.30 am on December 10 about complying with its earlier order.
The HC had in August this year ordered the removal of the construction that had violated building plans. Without mincing words about the way BBMP functioned, the court said that ever since the order was passed in August, the BBMP commissioner, along with his entourage of officers from the peon upwards, had remained silent on the issue for various considerations. “They have failed to perform their statutory duties and obligations. If engineers think the purpose of statutes is for statistical purpose, they are sadly mistaken. There is no plausible explanation for not carrying out the orders passed in August 2014. The officers concerned are primarily responsible for this fiasco. The respondents (Zonal joint commissioner, BBMP, executive engineer, Ward 111 and assistant executive engineer, Ward 111) are to execute the order and report by 4.30 pm,” the court ordered.
But the BBMP advocate sought more time, pleading, “give at least 24 hours, so that it can be done honourably.” The court said, “there is nothing honourable in what you (BBMP) are doing. I am telling this on your face.” The advocate pleaded that there was much stress involved in doing things. “Do you know what stress is? Stress is what has happened since August,” the court said. The court then gave BBMP time till 10.30 am on Wednesday to execute its August order.
The Rustumji Residency Owners Association had filed the petition against a construction in a property next to it that had allegedly violated building laws. The BBMP was made a party and the court in August passed the order for removing the illegal construction. The BBMP had not followed the orders. The Association filed one more petition.
Photos of the construction, on how it was on the day of the earlier order and what had happened after that, were presented before the court.