Bhubaneswar, Dec 21:
With the BMC polls barely 18 days away, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) along with Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Commissionerate police on Saturday resumed its Operation Demolition today with the pulling down of a part of the four-storied illegal commercial building known as Amber showroom on Janpath here.
Constructed on plot number-95 under Kharvela Nagar police limits, the BDA began the operation by demolishing parts of the upper two floors of the four-storied structure as the floors were constructed without securing the mandatory approvals, said Subhranshu Sekhar Mohanty, Liason officer of the BDA.
“Our demolition drive started on November 25 this year when our team demolished a five-storied illegal commercial building constructed on plot number-126/A in Ashok Nagar area. This is the second phase of our operation and it will continue further,” Mohanty said.
The demolition process at the Amber building will take 3-4 days to finish, Mohanty said, adding, 20 persons of BDA and BMC including enforcement officials have been put on the job for this drive.
BDA enforcement sources said, the owner of Amber showroom Sudhanshu Samantaray had approached the Odisha High Court to stay the BDA order for demolition, but the court rejected his appeal.
A dozer, drilling machines and BMC trucks were put into service for demolition work and to clear the debris.
Two platoons of police force were deployed to prevent any kind of trouble, IIC of Kharvela Police Station Nihar Ranjan Pradhan said.
The Operation Demolition is one of the biggest drives undertaken by the BDA against illegal construction , enforcement officials of the BDA said adding at least 32 commercial buildings in the city have no permission or clearances from the BDA and they too will be demolished in the near future.
However, the timing of the BDA exercise has given rise to suspicion that it may have been designed to boost of the image of the BJD government ahead of the BMC polls.