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Spot drain encroachments? Give BBMP a call

Updated: Jan 3

By Melvin Mathew

In response to a High Court directive, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is seeking public support to swiftly identify and survey encroachments on stormwater drains within 10 days. Citizens are encouraged to report any visible encroachments to the executive engineers of their respective zones and Koramangala Valley.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) published a public notification on Saturday urging the public to participate in the survey and identification of stormwater drain encroachments. The Karnataka High Court, vide WP case no. 38401/2014, directed the Palike to identify and complete the survey of all encroachments within the time frame of 10 days. Palike has appointed eight executive engineers from each zone and one executive engineer from Koramangala Valley to take on reports from the public.

All encroachments, around or inside storm water drain, can be reported with location and photograph by September 20, within 2 pm. Speaking about the initiative, a BBMP official said, “We want to keep the public aware about the survey of encroachments on stormwater drains. We are taking action based on visible encroachments; however, some encroachments won’t be visible to the officials. Some constructions will be completed and covered, or buildings will constructed in between drains. The detailed survey has been conducted in a few areas, and the survey needs to be completed in all areas with a few missing places. We are seeking the public’s help in identifying new encroachments.”

He added that once the public provides information, they will take action as a procedure. “The complaint will be inspected and forwarded to Tehsildar. Further, the Tehsildar will complete the survey, and then BBMP officials will ensure the encroachment is removed,” he added. While lake activists appreciate citizen participation in the survey, they also question if it is the most effective method. “We have a GIS platform with all spatial data of the city. The KGIS department maintains the GIS platform.

The platform has layers for rajakaluve and lakes and can be superimposed on Google Earth to identify the encroachments. Officials don’t even need to step out and figure out the encroachments sitting in a room. The latest Google Earth will showcase even the new encroachments. We don’t understand why we call ourselves the IT capital if we don’t use IT for doing anything. “ said Sandeep Anirudhan, a Lake activist. In total, there are 859.9 km of primary and secondary water drains. 491 km were redeveloped by 2021-2022, and Palike took up work on 195 km of stormwater drains. They are yet to take up work on 173.9 km of stormwater drains.


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