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Mangalore: Regularization of Illegal Buildings Scary Trend, Fears Lok Ayukta

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (NR)

Mangalore, Jul 16: It is really unfortunate that the government has gone for "one-time regularization” of unlawful buildings in the “larger public interest", stated Justice N Santhosh Hegde, Karnataka, Lok Ayukta, here on Sunday, July 15.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the Nagarika Hitarakshana Vedike, Mangaladevi, which is in essence a citizen’s forum.

According to the Lok Ayukta Hegde a total of 64 multi-storeyed buildings in Mangalore which had violated the construction by-laws, had been regularized by the government. This is indeed a scary trend as it gives an impression to the builders, that they could violate the building by-laws and have it approved at a later stage, he averred.

Moreover such liberalization would lead to the construction of further illegal structures, as the builders would treat the permission as ‘taken for granted’ and that would lead to a situation  when any government authority will not be able to control the construction of illegal structures, feared Justice Hegde

However, Justice Hegde did state that based on the report of a special officer - vigilance director K L Anande Gowda earlier deputed by him, he had in turn submitted a report to the government. And therein he had stated clearly that the sanctions given by the officials and Mangalore city corporation in the said case of the 64 multi-storeyed buildings are illegal.

Justice Hegde also stressed on the importance of inculcating good values among the younger generation to fight against corruption. There is a need to take corruption seriously, and social boycott of corrupt officials could be an effective tool in this regard, pointed Justice Hedge.

He further exhorted the people to be good citizens and bring instances of corruption to the notice of the Lok Ayukta in order to root out the menace of corruption. Collective efforts will always bring positive and quick results, he said.
The Lok Ayukta had received a total of 234 complaints, while it is 135 till date since January, he informed. He advised the general populace to differentiate between the rich by taking into account the methods they employ to reach such levels.

Udupi Human Rights Foundation chairman Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag, also while speaking on the occasion, stated that any struggle need not be in a violent manner. In many instances silent and tolerant follow-ups lead to revolutions in the society, he added.

His definition of the term ‘struggle’ was all people responding to the problems of their fellow beings. He also suggested to the newly inaugurated Vedike to adopt its own strategies to fight against the injustice prevailing in society.

The Nagarika Hitarakshana Vedike's inaugural  was presided over by the SDM law college principal Dr B K Ravindra. Vedike president G Hanumant Kamat and advocate A Udayananda too were present on the occasion.

(Note: Graphics shown here are for illustration purpose only and they are in no way related to Mangalore.)


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  • prakash n rao, mangalore

    Sat, Jul 21 2007

    It is really disheartening that the Govt. by a stroke of a pen set right an illegal act, without taking into consideration the sufferings of the people who are the losers in the game. If the Govt take such a decision then there will be no respect for the Law. People will go to the Politician and make the illegal Act Legal by a stroke of a Pen.

    I feel let there be no Law of Land. One who has money, power and contacts can do any thing. Let politicians enjoy all the benefits and law abiding citizens should be put behind bars so they will not raise any query. I request the NGOs/Top Lawyers of this City to file a Public Interest Litigation against the order of the Govt., to struck it down and also take the Politician concerned to task. This will send a right signal to other politician and the Builders.

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  • Vidya Dinker, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 18 2007

    A clarification - The 64 high-rise buildings mentioned by the Hon' Lokayukta have NOT YET been regularised by the Govt., though the move is clearly to do just that thru the Regularisation Act and Rules brought out recently. Citizens Forum for Mangalore Development has placed its objections formally with the govt. on this issue.

    We also have a PIL pending final judgement in the High Court of Karnataka on the same. We APPEAL to individuals investing in apartments in Mangalore to please keep this in mind before thinking of investing in the said 64 High-Rise buildings. For more details email us at

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  • Blaan mendonca, Mangalore- usa

    Tue, Jul 17 2007

    The question is government is of the people, for the people, by the people. Whom can you blame.The building association and the muncipality go hand in hand, for development of foot path or pavement in the city, the muncipality or mayor catch hold of the building contractors to do it free of cost and then pass the license for a certain cost to be paid underarm to the mayor or corporator or muncipality engineer to pass the license of the building contractors.

    This is how the building owner association runs in the mangalore city.

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  • Marcel Janet Marvel D'souza, SHIRVA/RIYADH

    Tue, Jul 17 2007

    Yes, we all are suffering on this type of issues are raised. When govt approved all these things and then they blame  other's because they want to take some bribes again to resolve this issues. Main culprits are citizens of India .  Why do they elect such type of Politicans, These issues are never ending and it will go on forever unless it is checked.

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  • Alfred J. Rebello, Kundapur/Dubai

    Mon, Jul 16 2007

    On reading this article and some comments, I would like to put my my point as below. If Politicians had to do clean job, how can they survive? The Government may be wanting to do some good job but it is the politicians who put an axe because they want to survive. No illegal building would have come up without the help of our elected politicians.

    First they take their share and allow to build, and when the new politicians come, they demolish it and re-construct it, so they also can survive. If the politicians are really honest then they would have legalized these buildings by putting some fines because it is the innocent tenants paid for the building and now if it is demolished they are the losers.

    Therefore, to protect the interest of innocent people Government should check thoroughly all the documents before granting the permission to build so No illegal buidings will come up in the future and no innocent public fall prey to these builders. Can it happen?

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  • Kavita, India

    Mon, Jul 16 2007

    Why does the government not take up regular check ups on building construction sites to ensure no goof ups. The government is partly to be blamed for all this.

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  • Ramya, Mangalore/Saudi Arabia

    Mon, Jul 16 2007

    Yes am very happy about the steps taken by the government. There should b strict laws to be followed by all.   All found guilty should be strictly dealt with.  All violating the laws should be punished or severley fined.

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