The Telegraph
Wednesday , December 21 , 2011
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Development bosses yet to raise raze unit

An unused office at BDA’s central store at Jharpada. Telegraph picture

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 20: The state government has admitted that 117 constructions are still blocking the flow of drainage channels across the city and they need immediate demolition, but the formation of a demolition squad by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) may still take some more time.

The BDA authorities on October 28 had told The Telegraph that after getting a police team, a demolition squad would be formed. A place was also marked near the BDA’s central store at Jharpada for the purpose. A letter has already been written to the police administration to expedite the matter.

However, no facility for a demolition squad has yet been developed either at the central store or at the BDA building centre at Jharpada. While two toilets were renovated at the BDA building centre recently, one of the rooms to be used to form the barrack (as per plan) is yet to be made fit for the purpose.

The BDA building centre, inaugurated by former urban development minister Amar Pradhan to manufacture concrete structural implants for BDA projects, is now in a bad shape because of lack of proper maintenance.

“No work has started to construct the barrack. It will start only after orders come from senior officials,’’ said an employee of the development authority. A team of The Telegraph that visited the spot also found that immediate renovation was needed to transform the old storeroom to make it suitable for living of the squad members.

Vice-chairman of the development body Deoranjan Kumar Singh said: “The process to form the demolition squad is progressing on a war footing. We will ask our engineering wing to immediately renovate the place, which will then be used for the proposed barrack. As soon as we get the police team, the place will be ready for their use.’’

On the other hand, cases were filed in 127 unauthorised constructions across the 10 natural drainage channels and the Gangua nullah. As 10 cases are still pending, the housing and urban development department is reportedly mulling action against the 117 structures for immediate action. Minister Sarada Prasad Nayak also hinted at his department’s measures in the Assembly on Friday. Three legislators raised several issues in the Assembly regarding government inaction on illegal constructions across the channels, including the formation of an estate squad for the better upkeep of government-owned land.