As Speaker Koliwad visits flood-hit areas, requests pour in for compensation

As Speaker Koliwad visits flood-hit areas, requests pour in for compensation

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-08-04 20:46 Bengaluru: Speaker KB Koliwad was besieged by complaints when he went to inspect the flood-hit areas of Kodichikkanahalli and surrounding areas of Bommanahalli in Bengaluru on Thursday.Koliwad Committee members Gopalaiah, BR Yawgal, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy, and area corporators were encircled by irate residents, who lost most of their belongings in the flood. The residents submitted a list of damages incurred and sought compensation from the government."In Duo Enclave Layout, about 80 residents have come up with the list of loss and it could be anywhere between Rs3 to 3.5 crores and in Anugraha Layout nearly 30 residents complained about losses, which could be about Rs2 crore. I have asked officials for a report on that too," said Koliwad.With the BBMP blaming choked drains on encroachments, Koliwad said he would discuss the issue with the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court to expedite hearing on encroachment cases. Out of the nearly 1,800 encroachments identified, only 800 have been removed so far, he said.Koliwad has set an Aug 11 deadline for the BBMP to submit a list of encroachments on storm-water drains. “Earlier, at the CM’s house, officials gave a list of encroachments. But I have my own doubts as officials have cleared only 822 encroachments. These are basically the dwellings of poor migrant labours. The officials have failed to give the list of developers and real estate giants who have encroached on storm-water drains and culverts,” he said.