A DAY after pulled up by the Divisional Commissioner, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities on Tuesday cracked down on illegal use of basements in Malviya Nagar, MP Nagar and 10 No. Market.
The BMC demolition squad today removed the illegal structures from basements in these localities. The BMC officials said the drive would be in full swing in 2-3 days. Meanwhile, the BMC administration urged building owners to remove illegal structures from basements meant for the parking.
Initiating action against the illegal use of the basements, the BMC squad removed the structures from the basement of building number 178 in MP Nagar zone-II. The basement of this building owned by P Jain was being used as office.
Jain, president of MP Nagar Nagrik Sangharsha Samiti, opposed the demolition and even blocked the BMC bulldozers. However, the BMC team removed the structure. Jain threatened to end his life as the BMC removed the structure without prior notice. However, the BMC officials said there was no need to serve notice for removing illegal construction.
In the same locality, the BMC team removed shutters of basement of K K Plaza, owned by Kale Khan Hanif Khan. The new bikes of Lake City Motors were parked in this basement.
When the BMC squad reached there, employees of Lake City Motors began to remove bikes. However, the BMC seized two bikes and told them to vacate the basement by tomorrow.
In MP Nagar Zone-II, the BMC team removed shutters of Star Arcade, constructed on plot number 165 and 166. One Suraj Prakash owns this building.
The BMC removed the shutter of a shop of this building. The entire basement of this building housing UTI Bank was locked and shops were constructed. The BMC officials told the owner of the building to clear the basement by tomorrow. The BMC also removed the sheds of some other buildings in the vicinity and told the owners to start the use of basements for parking purpose.
At 10 No. Market, the squad removed the gate constructed at the entry of the basement of Hotel Classic. The stairs for entering the basement was also demolished. The platform constructed in front of the hotel was also removed. The structures from the basement of another building were also removed in the same locality.
At Malviya Nagar, the BMC squad seized goods from a basement and removed some structures. The platform constructed in front of Indian Coffee House was also removed for widening of Malviya Nagar road. The BMC also told the building owners to remove the encroachments on their own.