Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jan 17:
As part of its ongoing demolition drive in the city, Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) demolished a two storied commercial building named ‘Sumo’s Cave’, an illegally run bar and restaurant at the Jayadev Vihar Square here on Friday.
According to BDA officials, Nakula Sahu, who owned the commercial building had applied to BDA for 3700 sq ft of land for residential purposes in 1998. But he was allotted only 1100 sq ft by BDA since there was not enough space for the size of the land that he had asked for at the place, which is right by the side of the National Highway-5.
Sahu, who had been allotted the land for residential purposes, used it commercially besides encroaching on adjacent public land to expand his restaurant cum bar, BDA sources said.
After getting information about the illegal use of the allotted land and the encroachment carried out by Sahu, BDA lodged a case against the owner in 2000 the demolition order on which came in 2001. In 2012, the owner took the case to the Urban Secretary. But after finding it illegal, the secretary too ordered BDA to go ahead with demolition of the building and simultaneously possess the area encroached.
“With due notice from the appropriate authority, we have started demolishing the building today. The demolition process will be completed by tonight,” said Deba Prasad Dash, Enforcement Officer of BDA. Dash also informed that 25 squads of BDA were engaged in the demolition of illegally built structures in the city.
To prevent any untoward incident, two platoons of police force were deployed at the spot. Besides, two dozers, drilling machines and BMC trucks were pressed into service for the demolition work and to clear the debris, he added.
Operation Demolition is one of the biggest drives undertaken by the BDA against illegal constructions, 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.