The Telegraph
Monday , February 11 , 2013
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Space war win in sight

Persistent efforts by social welfare minister Parveen Amanullah to rid the open space at Patliputra Colony of encroachment have finally paid off.

On Sunday, aides of JD(U) MLA Anant Singh, who operate hotel Buddha Heritage in the colony, started clearing the debris they had allegedly dumped in the open space, which was also being used as an illegal parking lot.

A brick boundary wall, kept hidden with a yellow polythene sheet till Sunday, was demolished. The park on Sunday resembled a construction site with bricks from the demolished wall and other construction materials such as stone chips, sand, plywood and tiles strewn around or stacked in heaps. Fewer vehicles were seen parked closer to the hotel instead of at the middle of the ground.

Labourers were spotted gathering the debris and collecting them at spots on the park. A tractor was seen waiting near the hotel to take away the debris and the bricks.

Amanullah told The Telegraph: “They (the hotel management) are in the process of removing the debris and bricks from the wall. They have promised to remove them at night on heavy vehicles, as they are not allowed to enter the city in the daytime.”

The minister-activist, who has been struggling to get the land cleared of encroachments since last Wednesday, said: “I am not trying to exert any pressure on them, as they have promised to free the open space. As it is a matter of Patliputra Co-operative Housing Society, the society has to play the pivotal role.”

The society has also received a letter from the management in which they have mentioned that all necessary steps would be taken to develop the open space.

The letter also talks about co-operation from the management to remove the debris at the open space as soon as possible.

Amanullah said: “As they have promised to do everything, we have decided to hold a meeting in which all senior citizens of the society would be present. We would take an unanimous decision and plan our next course of action if they fail to fulfil their promise.”

The minister held a meeting of the society on Sunday. Two of the society members, including its president P.K. Verma, resigned in the wake of the alleged encroachment issue. However, Amanullah refuted that their resignation had anything to do with the matter.

Asked about the parking issue with the hotel, Amanullah replied: “I have already told them that they can just use the space for parking for some time. They cannot make that a permanent parking lot. The issue would be resolved in a constructive way. The society work was also slow. Now that it has picked up pace, we would solve the problems.”

Last Friday, Amanullah had walked down 200 metres from her residence to the land and directed the hotel management to remove the debris.

The minister’s complaint claimed that the hotel had encroached upon the park of the housing society.

The barricades at the open space were removed on Friday after Amanullah protested against the encroachments.

Amanullah had also threatened to file an FIR against the hotel manage- ment if the debris and construction materials were not removed.