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Govt demolishes houses on plots granted under RAY in Odisha’s capital city !

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, June 9:

To facilitate the construction work for a multi-specialty hospital planned by Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), BMC and the General Administration (GA) today jointly conducted a demolition drive to clear a three-acre Government land of encroachment at plot number- 4704 of Gadakana Mouza under Mancheswar police limits in Odisha’s state capital.

Interestingly, the co-called encroachers were actually allotted plots here under the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) scheme.

“It is really surprising to know that the persons who had built houses on this government land were allotted plots here under Rajiv Awas Yojna (RAY) scheme. How can it be possible? Some local leader might have distributed the plots under RAY after collecting huge amounts from these people,” said a BMC official.

demolition by BDAAccording to the Enforcement officer of BDA Deba Prasad Dash, some people had built pucca houses after encroaching on the 3-acre  land. “We have completed the demolition drive today by clearing all 25 illegal structures that had come up here,” he said.

The demolition drive was carried out following an order issued by GA department on June 6.

Four excavators were pressed into service to demolish the illegal structure in the presence of officials from concerned department and agencies.During the demolition, three platoons of police along with a section of women police force were deployed at the spot. The Inspector-In-Charge of the Mancheswar police station along with 11 sub-inspectors were also present.

A five acre plot had been handed-over to BMC by GA department for establishment of a 250-bed multi-specialty hospital but due to encroachments by some people who had raised illegal structures inside the area , the project work could not take off for the past one year, even after it had been approved by the BMC council on February 27, 2013.

The hospital, to be built on the five acre plot at Gadakana, will cater to patients from Nandankanan, Raghunathpur, Patia, Damana, Mancheswar, Sailashree Vihar, Niladri Vihar, Chandrasekharpur, Jayadev Vihar and neighbouring areas, BMC officials said.