According to BBMP’s own rough estimates, only two lakh to three lakh properties out of the total 17 lakh properties will come under the current Akrama-Sakrama when implemented. This is just about 17-18% of the overall target of regularization. The new amendment bill passed in the assembly last week concentrates only on the penalty for smaller violations (that’s presently fixed at 25% for commercial buildings and 50% for residential).
According to BBMP officials in the revenue department, what’s presently ‘inferred’ from the enactment is that the violators must bring down their violation to the prescribed limit. But there is no answer to what happens if they don’t conform to it.
Even Bangalore minister R Ashoka admits that there are no immediate proper answers to the gross violations yet. “These violations are more in number. 100% regularization is not possible at one go. But we will have to make a start. Our immediate focus is to regularize the smaller violations,’’ said minister Ashoka.
What is the penalty for properties that have exceeded the set violation limits prescribed under the law? Akrama-Sakrama has no answer to this big question. Even the punishment for those who don’t pay penalty for violations within the set limit is also not clear as the corresponding rules to the enactment are yet to be framed.
Bangalore: The opposition sponsored bandh may have made a strong political point and Bharat Bandh could have brought the City to a standstill inflicting major blow to trade and business, traffic police who usually have to deal with heavy pollution in the City on other days appeared quite happy.
Toxic gases like sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen and suspended particles were much below the permissible levels in those areas which have earned notoriety in terms of pollution. Sound pollution was almost 30 per cent below the permissible level.
“It is great to work on such days when you do not have any vehicular movement. The atmosphere with less pollution looks quite good,” said a traffic constable.”Some amazing figures in terms of less pollution have been recorded. The KSRTC Bus stand which normally records 90 decibels recorded just 57.4 with 36 percent less reduction,” said Sadashivaiah.
According to source, City Railway Station showed a steep reduction in oxides of nitrogen (NOx). It reduced to 34.02 microgram per cubic metre which is 148 micrograms onother days. The permissible standard for NOx is 80 micrograms per cubic metre.
The deserted road, less vehicular movement, children playing on an otherwise busy streets and people strolling leisurely on the roads reminded the grand-old folk their golden old days when Bangalore had earned the name of ‘Garden City’ and ‘Pensioners’ Paradise’.
Source: Deccan herald