Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, June 24:
As part of its ongoing demolition drive in the Odisha capital, a joint team of the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Roads and Buildings division and General Administration (GA) department today demolished several illegal structures and cleared more than 1.2 kilometres of encroachment along the road starting from Chandrasekharpur Petrol Pump to Niladree Vihar in the city.
According to BDA Liaison Officer Subhranshu Mohanty, illegal structures, including 17 asbestos houses, 21 cabins, two temples, boundary walsl of Housing board colony and Acharya Harihar Mahavidyalaya were demolished for widening of the road. The existing road will be extended to a width of 80 ft. Four excavators and 20 officials of the above departments were engaged in the demolition drive, Mohanty added.
“Yesterday, we had made an announcement in the area to vacate the encroachment land. Today, the demolition drive continued all day to complete the action,” the BDA official said.
People who lost their houses in the demolition protested the move and staged a dharna on the site demanding an end to the demolition drive.
To control any untoward situation during demolition, two platoons of police forces were deployed at the spot. Zonal ACP and staff of the Chandrasekharpur police station were present during the demolition.