The Karnataka High Court on Friday made it clear that construction of the 16-storey apartment complex by Puravankara Projects Ltd., near the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratories in the city, is subject to the result of the petition challenging constructions.
Justice A.S. Bopanna passed the interim order while hearing a petition filed by the Union government through the DRDO, an arm of the Defence Ministry.
The petition was filed after a Division Bench last month refused to treat the plea as a public interest litigation and asked the Ministry to file a petition.
The petition alleged that the State government and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had failed to consider the objection raised by the DRDO against grant of permission for the multi-storey apartment complex adjacent to DRDO’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CIAR) at C.V. Raman Nagar, Bangalore. It pointed out that the BBMP had sanctioned the plan for the construction of 660 flats in the 16-storey complex despite several letters written by the DRDO. The Ministry pointed out that allowing such a construction very close to a defence establishment was a security threat.
Interestingly, the petition has raised several questions on the nature and ownership of the land on which the BBMP had sanctioned the plan, besides alleging a series of illegalities in the land transaction. The court ordered issue of notice to the State government and the BBMP.