In the affidavit submitted to the court, BS Prahlad, chief engineer, SWD department, BBMP said the survey has to be carried out regrading 1,637 encroachments. As per the affidavit, in 2018-19, 51 encroachments have been marked and removed and marking and removal of 399 encroachments is in progress . This is in addition to 428 encroachments on SWDs that were removed during 2016-17 and 2017-18.
The affidavit added that apart from one-time desilting, a tender was called for annual maintenance of 440km of lined drains (drains with retainer walls on both sides) of 842km of drains. The tender was called on October 21, 2018 and it was processed and submitted to the government on January 17, 2019 for approval. A work order will be issued to the lowest bidder upon approval.
A division bench posted the PIL filed by Citizens Action Group, Bengaluru to February 22. The PIL, filed in 2014, seeks various directions such as carrying out a complete desilting of all storm water drains in Bengaluru and installing treatment plants at the head of each SWD before water is let into lakes.
New RTE rules challenged
The RTE Students Parents Association (STUPA) moved the high court challenging recent amendments to the Right To Education rules.
Its main grievance is that new amended rules take away the right of under-privileged children to study in private schools.
The rules notified on January 30 mainly seek to restrict children from getting admission to private schools as priority is given to government and aided schools.
A parent can apply to a private school only when either a government or aided school is not available within the neighbourhood.