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Demolition of illegal buildings: HC allows Odisha govt 2 months to decide

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, July 9:

The Odisha High Court has asked the state government to take a decision on demolition of illegal buildings in the capital city within a period of two months.

A division bench of the court, comprising Justice Pradip Mohanty and Justice Biswanath Rath, has issued the directive to the secretary, Housing and Urban Development, after hearing a PIL filed by senior lawyer Nishikanta Mohanty.high court

The petitioner had informed the court that he had submitted a memorandum to the concerned secretary for demolition of illegal buildings in the state capital.

He had also stated that the state government, in the State Assembly on March 30, 2012, had admitted that there are 482 illegal buildings in Bhubaneswar.

It had also informed that the department has issued notices for demolition of 189 buildings. Besides, cases have been registered against 268 buildings while cases against 25 buildings have been withdrawn, the government had informed the House.

Basing on the information of the government, the petitioner later submitted a memorandum to the secretary, Housing and Urban Development to take steps for demolition of these illegal buildings.

Besides, he had also sought a clarification from the secretary as to why the department has not yet taken any steps for demolition of 189 buildings to which it had served notices.

The petitioner had also wanted to know about the steps taken by the department on the cases registered against 268 buildings and the reason of the withdrawal of cases against 25 others.

But as there was no reply from the department, the petitioner later filed a PIL in the High Court requesting for its early intervention on this issue.