09 November 2005

The long arm of law

As the saying goes, there is no such thing as perfect crime. When i first moved into bangalore back in early 2000, i used to hear people say that in kormanagala alone there are close to 100 software companies. I always used to think how is it that in a residential area, people could let out their houses to these companies and make handsome profits. Why even my office was operating out of a rented premises !
And finally the law has caught up on them ! The high court passed orders saying that there is no scope for such voilations and they all will have to be demolished !

There are however a few points to be noted.
1. Most of the residents complain of inadequate time given to them for demolishing. WTF ? When you were able to make an unapproved construction overnight to rake in the moolah, why not demolish it overnight ?
2. The demolition is due to a petition by a doctor. Now the residents are going hammer and tongs to prove that the doctor himself has done unapproved constructions ! Now isn't this a clear case of crab mentality ? You have voilated the law. Now first get your house in order before complaining about others !
3. One of the tenant in such an illegal construction is a software company. In a clear case of software high handedness, he has gone to court saying that his clients in the US of A are disturbed by such proceedings and he may loose more clients. It seems he has installed a server worth 4 lakhs and he needs some more time to move out. Saddeningly the court has agreed to give him a little bit more time. Now here are my questions to that useless and worthless piece of shit of a tenant. Firstly, the government has constructed an Electronics city and an ITPL. What prevented you from going and setting up shop there ? Secondly you are an educated person right ? Dont you think before you start a company it is your duty to first find out whether the place you are renting out is a proper notified commercial area ? And to top it all who the hell cares about your US of A clients or not ? I am most disturbed by the court giving him more time ! The court should not have agreed to giving him more time. Server or not.
4. Most of the residents are resorting to road blocking and demonstrations it seems. What crap ! I hope the police get shoot at sight orders on such people ! Ok that might seem far fetched. The saddening part is most the people who have flouted the law have atleast 4 or 5 cars parked in their garages ! Greed and total greed ! Violating an approved plan !

In all these valid questions can be asked like how did the companies get sanction, what were the BCC officials doing at that point etc etc. Now i am not going to go into those intricacies.

I fully support the court and the Bangalore City Corporation in this drive. It seems that this drive will continue in areas like Domlur and Indranagar. I sincerely hope that all such companies are weeded out ! That would provide some respite for the common man who is unable to travel through the roads in these localities, as they are taken over for parking by these companies !

Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 11:22 AM


  1. Blogger NaiKutti posted at Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 12:44:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    i am all for it shyam... good to hear that the government is taking the rite actions...

    ["how did the companies get sanction, what were the BCC officials doing at that point etc etc"] ... the building bye-laws are available in public and any constructor/architect/owner of land is supposed to know this (atleast when he thinks he might be breaching it)... these people who violated these laws have obviously used illegal means (read corruptin/bribe) to get the approval at that time and they definitely can't blame the officers who took bribe at that time... people in govt. jobs keep changing and all that remains fixed are the rules... so if the rule was followed, they wouldn't have been in this mess... so i would aquarely put the blame on the violators and not on those who took the bribe...

    ofcourse, these people (who have violated) would have first retorted to bribing AGAIN, to keep the building in place... but the govt. seem to be rigid (and am glad) as there have been more than 50000 violations and hence the final option is to protest, delay etc.,

    the US-server thing was funny...

    but one thing they could do in partial favor of the violators is that they could give a reasonable amount of time to do the demolishing and in the meanwhile collect some compunding fees (really high fees) for that period...

    i hope after all this, govt. will still move in the rite directions towards getting better walkways and roads to ease the traffic :-)
  2. Blogger NaiKutti posted at Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 12:45:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    oops... after posting i just saw that it became a long comment... sorry :-)
  3. Blogger ada-paavi!!!! posted at Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 4:09:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    shyam on ur side da, the illegal constructions need to be demolished, and commercial zones for IT firms needs to be demarked, in india we dont have clear defination of residential and commercial zones, and ofice complexes in residential zones pose a huge problems. or example the IBM office on TTK road creates a huge traffic jam every evening, these firms dont pollute but they create traffic problems, sometimes they overload the locak grid cause power failures.

    we shud invest in town planning.
  4. Anonymous Anonymous posted at Thursday, November 10, 2005 at 12:37:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    This is just software firms doing this . There is a planning authority but we all bribe and get what we want. How many of you live in a house which has 10 feet from the door to wall ? Most of you wont ? How many of you got your licenses and passports bribing ? WE are corrupted and dont blame only one segment for that .

    Its easy to blame and accuse others look at yourself first.
  5. Blogger SHEKS posted at Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 4:38:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    cant believe it!
  6. Blogger sen posted at Monday, November 14, 2005 at 9:53:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    mistakes always happen.but the thing is what we are learning from it.If they correct the system in such a way that this mistake wont happen again.it would be great, bu tthe pathetic thing is that is not going to happen.that is the main problem.

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