CHIKMAGALUR: President of Chikmagalur Urban Development Authority C.H. Lokesh said here on Saturday that notices have been served on owners of 27 buildings that have violated norms.

Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Lokesh said most of the building owners have accepted their mistake and have agreed to pay the fine. He said a decision in this regard would be taken at the meeting of the authority scheduled for May 2.

Pointing out that encroachments and illegal structures would have to be removed, he said courts have ruled in favour of CUDA in the past.

He reiterated that those intending to construct buildings would have to abide by the rules.

Asserting that the authority was committed to protecting parks from encroachers, he said he has identified 140 parks belonging to the municipality, six parks belonging to authority and 15 parks in private layouts after assuming charge.

Stating that almost half the parks belonging to the municipality had been encroached upon, he said steps were being taken to demolish illegal structures constructed in parks.

He said about 70 garages to repair vehicles and various motors have encroached on footpaths obstructing movement of pedestrians and vehicular traffic.

He said about four minor irrigation canals that pass through the city have been encroached upon. Regretting that the proposal to construct a ring road around the city had been put on a back burner, he said the cost of the road had escalated from Rs. 7 crore to Rs. 20 crore.