KOCHI: The Kochi Corporation on Monday filed a prison complaint against the Ernakulam workplace of BSNL for allegedly conducting unlawful highway chopping work within the metropolis. According to the complaint filed by the Corporation secretary with the Kadavanthra police, BSNL has carried out unlawful highway chopping as much as a size of 80 m for laying cables at Sahodaran Ayyappan highway.
“The BSNL has initiated road cutting with the permission of the Corporation. It is a violation of Section 375 of the Municipality Act. A case should be registered under the 1984 Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act,” mentioned the complaint filed with the police.
“Illegal road cutting by a government-owned firm is a serious issue. We have also sought an explanation from the principal general manager of BSNL,” Mayor Soumini Jain mentioned. However, BSNL officers have refuted the cost. “It may have been carried out by some private Telecom company. We are not involved in the work and have informed the same to the corporation. We never initiate any work without the Corporation’s permission,” mentioned the BSNL spokesperson.