BENGALURU: The Karnataka high court has taken up a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging a proposal to reconstruct 20 complexes belonging to the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). A division bench headed by chief justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka has ordered notice to the BDA and directed its commissioner to file objections by July 5. The PIL filed by Neliira M Subbaiah, a resident New Thippasandra in east Bengaluru, claims that spending public money to the tune of Rs 330 crore on renovation of 20 BDA complexes is “unnecessary and wasteful”. The petitioner has stated the project may burden the taxpayer as the authorities may resort to borrowing. Subbaiah has claimed the complexes can be retained as they are since they were recently constructed and only require proper maintenance with suitable lighting arrangements. He claimed that since 1995, he has been noticing serious irregularities in BDA’s 68 layouts and 20 complexes, and the authorities have failed to act upon numerous representations submitted by him, forcing him to approach the HC. Even the government’s instructions are not being considered by BDA officials and engineers, and projects are being taken up by encroaching upon tanks, tank beds and major water canals, the petitioner alleged.