The government has offered BDA flats to those who have lost their houses during last year’s demolition drive to remove structures situated on stormwater drains.However, there have been no takers for the flats yet.

“The flats are ready , but we have not received a single application so far,“ city development minister K J George told reporters, adding that the government wanted to give 200 flats to those who lost their homes on humanitarian grounds irrespective of whether they were poor or rich. The move is seen as an attempt to soothe the frayed tempers of residents ahead of the assembly polls next year.

The minister, who is facing flak over civic agencies’ failure to prevent flooding in the city, said they have decided to resume the demolition drive to remove encroachments on storm water drains once the rain subsides. “We will show no mercy this time,“ he added. On the delay in removing alleged illegal structures including the house of Kannada actor Darshan and at Orion Mall, George said they have got a stay order from the court, therefore he would not want to comment.

“I will soon hold a meeting with the BBMP commissioner to review the pending legal cases in connection with the stormwater drains and ensure they are resolved at the earliest,“ he added.

Potholes to be filled

The BBMP will fill potholes once the rain, which have been pounding the city for the past few days, comes to a halt, said city development minister K J George. He said they do not want to rush to fill the potholes during heavy rain as it may get washed away.

This apart, he said the government will also ensure major part of road development work, including the TenderSURE project, is completed by December.

Courtesy by Times of India

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