The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), in its new diktat, has urged vacant site owners in the city to clear those sites within a week's time. If the site owners fail to do so, the civic authority will clean the sites.

BBMP officials said that the civic authority would remit the charges of cleaning the sites and owners would have to pay it along with their property tax.

They said that for cleaning one square metre, the BBMP would charge Rs. 1.10 and for transportation of every cubic metre of waste collected from the sites, the owners would have to pay the civic authority Rs. 68. If the civic authority cleans the site more than once, the charges would treble.

The BBMP has issued the diktat under Section 463 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1974.

Officials said that a similar order has been issued in January 2003.

Another order was issued as recently as June 2010 by the then Commissioner Bharatlal Meena.

Commissioner Siddaiah has now urged officials to ensure that the order is implemented across the city immediately. The onus is now on the jurisdictional Assistant Executive Engineers (AEE).

“The AEE, after cleaning the sites, has to send the details to the Assistant Revenue Officer (ARO) concerned. The ARO will have to include the charges in both the property registers and the computerised records,” officials said.

Residents may also call the BBMP control room of the vacant sites with overgrowth and garbage by calling (080) 22975595, 22221188, 22100031.

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