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GHMC resorts to geotagging of government lands to curb encroachments

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The New Indian Express          20.05.2017  

GHMC resorts to geotagging of government lands to curb encroachments

By S Bachan Jeet Singh  |  Express News Service  |   Published: 20th May 2017 05:51 AM  |  

Last Updated: 20th May 2017 05:51 AM  |   A+A-   |  

HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has drawn plans to keep a check against unscrupulous elements applying for building permissions online on encroached government lands with the help of geotagging.

The move is designed to protect water bodies and lands related to endowment, Wakf and urban land ceiling. GHMC will geotag the details of all the government lands in the twin cities with the help of Hyderabad district administration to have a clear idea about the ownership of the lands under GHMC. Rangareddy and Medchal districts have already geotagged all revenue land records data pertaining to their districts.

The main idea is that if persons, who apply for building permission online for government lands or in Full Tank Level (FTL) of water bodies, they can be caught when he files the survey numbers.

If the survey number matches with that of government land data geotagged in the system, they will get rejected. Geotagging would put an end to manual applications and having to attend offices. GHMC said that the move would stop land sharks. Land sharks would submit fake documents and bribes to town planning section had obtained building permissions on  government lands.

Since Oct 2016, GHMC has stopped accepting manual applications both for buildings and has put in place Online Building Approval System (DPMS). But separate data on lands concerned has not been uploaded or geotagged in the DPMS online system as it does not have properdata. Survey numbers are being sought from the district administration. 


BMC’s nightmare: 500 creaky buildings

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The Times of India       12.05.2017  

BMC’s nightmare: 500 creaky buildings

At 113, Kurla has the most number of ‘extremely dilapidated’ buildings in the city. Despite being declared ‘extremely dilapidated’, they will not be razed soon.


At 113, Kurla has the most number of ‘extremely dilapidated’ buildings in the city. Despite being declared ‘ex... Read More
Nearly 500 buildings that are beyond repairs are proving to be a major worry for the BMC ahead of the monsoon. Despite declaring them unfit for habitation, the civic body is struggling to get them vacated owing to court cases, protests and other technical issues.

Rickety buildings pose great danger not only to those living in them, but also to structures in the vicinity, particularly during rains.

According to a report by the BMC's anti-encroachment department, Mumbai had 816 'extremely dilapidated' buildings as on April 27, 2017, with Kurla topping the list at 113, followed by Ghatkopar (80) and Wadala/Matunga (77).

So far, the corporation has been able to demolish 196 structures and vacate 134. This leaves 486 crumbling buildings escaping the BMC hammers before the rains. Despite the potential risks, officials say, residents in many cases refuse to move out.

"In some cases, residents have managed to get a stay from the court, while in a few cases the BMC's technical advisory committee is yet to take a call," said a senior civic official. The technical committee proceedings involves hearing both parties over multiple sessions and is a timeconsuming process like the judiciary, he said.

The civic body puts buildings that have fallen into disrepair in three categories - C1, C2 and C3. Structures that can be repaired to stand for next few years are marked as C3; those in need of extensive structural help are put in C2 category.

Buildings that are beyond repairs and need to be razed immediately get the C1tag. The civic body issues notices to residents in such structures asking them to vacate the premises. If they follow the order, water and power supply is disconnected.

The BMC plans to pull down 134 vacated buildings by May 31. Officials said they are awaiting verdict from the technical committee in 21cases.

"Demolition of dilapidated buildings is a complicated process. We are taking continuous follow-up with ward officials to ensure the deadline is met," said Ranjeet Dhakne, deputy municipal commissioner (removal of encroachment).

There are 18 vacated buildings that cannot be demolished as there is a stay order from the court, he said.


Defining 'dilapidated'

BMC ward offices carry out routine visual inspections of building within their limits. If they suspect a structure is weak, they carry out structural strength tests to ascertain the condition. Depending on the outcome, BMC issues a notice to the residents and asks them to carry out repairs or redevelopment. If the residents are not satisfied with the BMC notice, they can undertake a structural audit of their own.

If there is a mismatch in the audit reports, the matter is referred to the technical advisory committee. In many cases, residents appeal the decision of the committee in court.

If residents continue to occupy a dilapidated building despite rejection at all levels, the BMC disconnects their water and electric supply. This is followed by an evacuation drive led by the police and demolition. 


BBMP scrambling to get drains ready before monsoon

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The Hindu         28.04.2017 

BBMP scrambling to get drains ready before monsoon

Debris is yet to be cleared from this rajakaluve in Rajarajeshwari Nagar from which encroachments were removed.K. Murali KumarK_MURALI_KUMAR  

Though encroachments have been removed from nearly 22 km ofstorm-water drains, not much has been done to strengthen the network

After the controversy around demolishing structures built on encroached storm-water drains (SWDs), the BBMP has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to reconstructing the drain network

Although monsoon is just a month away, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) seems to be under-prepared to handle rains. After several areas were inundated last monsoon owing to choked drains, the BBMP had demolished several structures and recovered nearly 22 km of SWDs.

However, the civic agency has just completed concretising 1.8 km of the drain network. Worse, BBMP has not maintained records of the extent of drains recovered in the first phase of encroachment removal from January to July 2016.

The BBMP had identified 1,953 encroachments of which 1,225 were removed in three phases starting January 2016. A 22-km stretch, spreading across 11 acres and 21 guntas, was recovered in the second and third phase of the drive, said BBMP officials. “A 1.8 km stretch of RCC drain in Bommanahalli has been reconstructed,” said BBMP chief engineer (SWD) Siddegowda. “Work is in progress in Dasarahalli, Kasavanahalli, Byatarayanapura, and Yelahanka, and is expected to be completed in three-and-a-half months,” he added.

He said work was held up due to a delay in sanctioning of funds. “Now that funds have been sanctioned and work orders given, we are hoping to finish the cementing of drains by the end of the year,” he added.

However, the date of completion of the project is April 2018. “Work on vulnerable parts of the drain network will be completed in two months,” Mr. Siddegowda said. In Kodichikkanahalli, which faced the brunt of flooding last year, the drain has been left open near the opening to the lake. As a result, waste is being dumped into the drain, which ends up in the lake. “The place has become a littering spot, and there is a lot of stench and mosquitoes,” said Meena Balu, a resident.

Another complaint is the slow pace of work.

“Work on a SWD next to a mall in Malleswaram has been going on for several months now. Every once in a while, work is re-started and the drain is left open only to be closed a few days later,” said a resident of Malleswaram.

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