‘Why did Bhopal civic body first allow people to encroach land?’

  • Purvi Jain, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2016 11:27 IST
A BMC poclain demolishes an enroachment in Bhopal’s Lalghati area on Wednesday. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

Civil society activists are raising questions on anti-encroachment drive in Bhopal and asking why encroachments were allowed in the first place.

The Bhopal Municiapl Corporation has till now removed 59 constructions within 50 metres of the full tank level of the Upper Lake. On Wednesday, the third consecutive day of its demolition drive at VIP- Lal Ghati-Bairagarh Road, BMC demolishd 15 constructions.

Activists are wondering why the civic body did not remove encroachments when it saw people building houses.

“According to the survey of Public Health Engineering, there were only 100 houses some 50 years ago. After the Bhoj Wetland Scheme, the settlements came up there. Today, there are 2,000 houses near the lake.”

“Though I believe that the civic body should give people time, it cannot ask them to vacate houses in monsoon.”

A resident of Khanugaon attempted suicide and two others suffered cardiac arrest after the BMC began razing properties in the locality on Monday, as part of its anti-encroachment drive around the Upper Lake.

During the drive, the demolition squad had also brought down a boundary of a resident.

BDA to keep property prices intact

There is good news for all those who are booking housing properties being developed by the Bhopal Development Authority (BDA).

The development authority has now agreed to provide the properties on the same cost which was there at the date of booking.

This was decided in a meeting hosted by Bhopal Development Authority on Wednesday.

Any delay or increase in cost would be afforded by the contractors and not by the public who book the flats and paid all the installments on time, he said.

Apart from this decision, the Bhopal Development Authority decided that any tender whether less or more than `2 lakh will be e–tendered.

Bhopal Development Authority chief executive officer Neeraj Vashisht, BDA chairman Om Yadav and collector Nishant Warwade were present in the meeting.

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