RRDA workers cart away a TV from illegally occupied quarters at HEC Township on Wednesday. (Prashant Mitra)
Ranchi, April 20: A resolute Ranchi Regional Development Authority (RRDA) crashed many a wedding dream today, sealing Abhinandan — a banquet hall near Raj Bhavan that hosts dozens of nuptial functions every year— for not having an approved building plan.
Yesterday, the RRDA had resigned another capital community hall, Oswal Bhavan, to the same fate for not having proper a approach road.
The demolition brigade also targeted HEC township, where bulldozers took a beating two days ago following intervention of Union tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahay.
An HEC spokesperson confirmed that one illegal occupant — a former employee residing in B-type quarters — was evicted. He added that two more would be driven out of Sector II quarters if they did not vacate till tomorrow morning.
Altogether six teams were involved in the daylong exercise, which also saw removal of encroachment from three roads in Upper Bazar, the business hub of the capital, and sealing of hospital constructed in violation of RRDA building laws.
The three roads cleared at Upper Bazar were Saheed Chowk-Kishori Yadav, Garikhana Path and Shradhanand-Mahavir Chowk. Portions, like stairs and shades, of as many as 22 illegal buildings were demolished along these roads.
The medical facility, which bore the brunt of the stringent anti-encroachment drive, was Subah Cancer Hospital in Harmu Housing Colony. The fourth floor of the hospital building was sealed because it deviated from the building plan approved by the RRDA.
Two other clinics — Rani Children Hospital and Jagannath Hospital near Abhinandan Hall — were also expected to be sealed today, but got a breather because there was a crunch in time.
Estate officer of RRDA Manoj Kumar, who was supervising the three teams deputed at Upper Bazar and the one sealing the banquet hall and hospital, said the drive would continue tomorrow.
A stretch of Harmu rivulet between Rishaldar Nagar and Chutia was also freed from encroachment. Circle inspector Anil Kumar, who led the drive, said as many as 25 boundary walls were demolished along this stretch.
The teams, which were deputed to seal illegal buildings, also carried out demolition of a garage and a godown on the basement of a four-storey residential building, Sushma Apartment, at Tharpakhana.