Karnataka High Court Blasts BBMP on Open Drains

June 03, 2017, Bengaluru: In the open drain case, Karnataka High Court today observed that it will pass directions to BBMP to form a committee and inspect all the drains and further appoint an officer to receive Complaints. The instant PIL also seeks direction to the government to punish the errant officials by whose negligence the deaths of children due to open drains were caused. Namma Bengaluru Foundation’s counsel further submitted that the State has not filed the status report as directed this Hon'ble Court on November, 2016, even after a lapse of 8 months.

It may berecalled that the petition was filed by Namma Bengaluru Foundation and Mr.Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP, on October 9, 2014 against the lack of accountabilityof various parastatal agencies that led to the death of nine-year-old GeethaLakshmi in an uncovered storm water drain.

The PIL hassought directions to the Urban Development Department and the Commissioner ofthe BBMP to prepare a comprehensive, time bound action plan for safety andsecurity mechanisms for civic services like storm water drains. The petitionhas also sought directives to the state government to prosecute negligentPublic officials, whose failure to carry out their statutory duties results inloss of life and limb.

The writpetition has named 1. State of Karnataka, 2. The Principal Secretary toGovernment, 3. The Commissioner, BBMP and 4. Engineer-in-chief, BBMP asRespondents. 

SridharPabbisetty, CEO,Namma Bengaluru Foundation said, “While it has been three years since thefiling of the PIL- the court's statement today reassures us that death due tonegligence is criminal. 3 years on, it is clear that the noose against Criminalnegligence tightens and the BBMP should know that they are responsible for thedeaths of Citizens who die due to their callous and irresponsible work.”

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