BBMP cracks down on illegal commercial ventures in residential areas

BBMP cracks down on illegal commercial ventures in residential areas

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-12-08 09:54 Bengaluru: After receiving several complaints from RWAs about commercial activities being run out of residential buildings, the BBMP has decided to put an end to such unauthorised and illegal activities.The BBMP has begun serving notices to violators, giving them seven days’ time to voluntarily shut shop, failing which the civic body would take strict action.A release from the BBMP termed business activities being run in basement and parking areas among others as illegal as per the Karnataka Muncipal Corporation Act 1976. Such activities are also in violation of zoning regulations, Revised Master Plan 2015, guidelines issued by Urban Development Department, GoK in 2015, the BBMP said.Gunashekhar, chairperson of BBMP standing committee (finance), said the BBMP had been hoodwinked by violators who operate commercial business in residential areas, thereby causing a loss to the civic body. “Now, the BBMP will close such shops and also impose a penalty,” he said. According to High Court direction, commercial business cannot be run in residential areas. Only small shops such as saloons, pharmacies, Hopcoms and milk booths are allowed to operate in residential areas.