Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-01-28 21:08 Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike council meeting witnessed angry exchanges on Thursday. Umesh Shetty, council member from Govindarajanagar, accused the BBMP for not taking any action against buildings which lacked fire safety measures. “BBMP has not taken any action even after the Director General of Police, Fire Service, wrote a letter to the BBMP expressing his concern at the lack of fire safety measures in the many buildings in the city,” said Umesh. He said many buildings, including leading malls in the city, had no Occupancy Certificates. “But the officials of the BBMP are not scrutinising the procedures. Also, about 45 shops near Geetha Talkies have not received trade licences but have been doing business since 20 years. Though the issue has been brought to the notice of officials, they have failed to take action,” said Umesh. In reply, Mayor Manjunath Reddy instructed commissioner Kumar G Naik to take action against officers who have failed to look into the issue and revoke the occupying certificate of those buildings. The mayor also directed the commissioner to submit a report on the fire safety and occupying certificate at the next BBMP council meeting. Another council member Poornima Srinivas accused the officials of the BBMP for failing to respond to the requests of council members. Poornima’s complaint involved traffic congestion on the KR Puram road. “Many buses ply on the KR Puram main road. So I requested traffic police officials to shift the bus stop to the service road in order to prevent the traffic congestion. But associates of MLA Bairathi Basavaraju later constructed a bus stop on the footpath in the name of Abdul Kalam,” said Poornima. She said the associates of the MLA did not stop there. “They also constructed a public toilet on the footpath and allowed street hawkers to put up their shops on the footpath which is clear violation of the Supreme Court order. I called the commissioner in this regard several times but he never responded,” she said. Enraged at Poornima’s claims, Srikant Gowda, council member, lashed out at Poornima, warning her that she would be thrown out of Bengaluru if she closed down the petty shops on the pavement. The remark invited a stern warning from the mayor who cautioned Srikant against making such statements.