The builder of the project, coming up at Green Domain Layout Road, Whitefield, has been allegedly held responsible for an adjacent road collapsing on Wednesday, disrupting water supply in the neighbourhood and leaving 750 families high and dry.
KIADB’s development officer and executive engineer II Kiran Kumar on Thursday slapped a notice on the builder and developer of the highrise. The notice cited the construction violating safety norms and continuation of work even after the expiry of the approved building plan.
“…It is noticed that a major portion of road on northern side has collapsed and it will cause damage to the surrounding buildings… and cut off entire traffic movement. This has happened due to your negligence and for not taking proper protection measures,” it read.
“The building plan approval given by this office is hereby withdrawn,” the notice, a copy of which is with the TOI, added. It further stated the builder is liable to pay for the damages caused to the public property and must restore the road to its original condition.
The structure comprises three basement floors and ground plus six floors.
The KIADB notice was received by Sattva Group officials, who did not respond to calls and messages from TOI.
Residents file FIR against builder
Meanwhile, the road collapse has affected over 750 families which have been going without water for two days now. The residents have filed an FIR against the builder with HAL police.
The collapsed road connects Green Domain Layout to ITPL Road, affecting residents of 15 apartment complexes in the layout.“The builders were digging up to 70-foot below the ground near the road, and this seems to have triggered the collapse. Now the BBMP has opened one of the private plots near our layout, allowing us to drive through it to the main road. This is 1-2km longer than the usual route,” said a resident of the layout.
Mahadevapura zone chief engineer Parameshwaraiah said the BBMP had, in August 2018, issued a notice to the builder for undertaking illegal construction. “The builder had obtained a court injunction, restraining us from taking further action. The next hearing is on January 21 and we will argue for strict action against the builder,” he added.
Road restoration would cost Rs 1.5 crore
Parameshwaraiah said road restoration is the main concern and they have asked the builder to do it on priority. “Road restoration would cost around Rs 1.5 crore and the same has to be borne by the builder. Construction at the site has been stopped and restoration work is under way,” he said.