Observing a total abdication of responsibility on the part of civic officials,the bench asked the commissioner: Do you have the guts to suspend them?
It also advised the BBMP chief to weed out NPAs (non-performing assets) in the civic body.
Earlier, the bench also asked the BBMP chief what steps he had taken to ensure the rights of hawkers as enunciated in the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014.
When the BBMP chief replied in the negative, the bench asked: What prevented you from doing that exercise?
The city, once known as pensioners’ paradise, has now become a hawkers’ paradise.
They can set up business anywhere.
HC may monitor drain death probe
In more bad news for BBMP, the Karnataka high court on Wednesday indicated it would like to monitor the investigation into the death of Geethalakshmi, 8, who fell into an open drain during rains on October 6.
The court asked BBMP officials and engineers if they are completely blind and can't see anything, including an open drain.
The BBMP chief then in formed the court that a special officer would supervise removal of encroachments on footpaths, apart from remodelling and resurfacing of footpaths, wherever necessary.
On a PIL filed in 2007 on roads and footpaths encroached by shops on Subedar Chatram Road and Yeshwantpur railway station, the court was taken aback that even after employing pourakarmikas and five layers of officials for supervision, the situation remains the same -garbage on streets and illegal shops on footpaths.
The court was also surprised when the commissioner conceded he had not read amendments to Sections 256 and 257 of the KMC Act, relating to segregation and collection of waste, brought about in 2013.
He also conceded that he had not issued a single notice so far under the recently amended provisions of the Act.
The bench also wondered if officials have to be paid salaries from the taxes collected from public for doing nothing.
The court has asked the BBMP chief to submit a report along with photographs of the area and road in relation to action taken in the matter.
He was also asked to furnish the show-cause notices issued to errant officials.
Noting that such incidents shouldn't recur, the bench asked the government to furnish a copy of the final report to be submitted by police.
During the hearing, the BBMP commissioner told the court that K M Shivaprakash, assistant executive engineer of the area, has been kept under suspension and SLK Swamy, a joint engineer, has been repatriated to his parent department recommending action.
The investigating officer informed the court that an FIR has been lodged in the case under section 304A of IPC