BHOPAL MUNICIPAL Corporation (BMC) demolition squad today razed two houses in its Berasia Road colony amidst stone pelting by local residents. BMC has already declared 90 out of 148 houses here as dangerous for living and served several notices over the past couple of years.
BMC administration also filed a FIR against persons involved in the stone pelting that broke windowpanes of JCB machine and two mini trucks. In the FIR, BMC named two of its employees Naeem and Mustaq besides many others.
Alarmed after the collapse of the MPHB apartments at Kotra Sultanabad on Tuesday, BMC commissioner Manish Singh ordered immediate demolition of these dangerous houses in the Nagar Nigam Colony. He also inspected another BMC colony at Ambedkar Nagar.
This morning, a team led by BMC additional commissioner K K Singh took up the task of demolishing dangerous houses. The BMC team made announcements cautioning residents and informing them about the dangerous houses.
While officials felt that there was a need to immediately demolish these two dangerous houses, local residents alleged they were not given prior information.
BMC officials maintained several notices were served to residents during the past five years and it was necessary to vacate these houses to avert any incident.
Annoyed people pelted stones on the BMC team when it returned from demolishing two houses of a block. Some people even staged a road blocked against this BMC action.
Arif Aqueel who also visited during this road blockade said he tried to pacify people and remove the road blockade. Meanwhile, BMC Commissioner Manish Singh said employees living in BMC colonies like the one at Berasia Road will be given houses at Pipalner, where BMC has vacant houses.
BMC has also started white washing of these houses. BMC employees living in Ambedkar Nagar will also be shifted to Pipalner. The BMC is likely to initiate action against these houses from Friday.
ABOUT 50 per cent of the houses in Nagar Nigam Colony in Quazi Camp at Berasia Road have been occupied either by private persons or employees retired from services. Private parties staying here have also covered open land in this colony. BMC administration has served notices to occupants of this colony to vacate houses for the past five years but to no avail.
According to BMC sources, at least 40 out of 148 houses in this colony are in the possession of illegal occupants. Apart from this, more than a dozen retired employees have not vacated their quarters. Illegal occupants have not been removed from this colony due to political patronage and the condition of these houses has been deteriorating further leaving no option before the BMC administration.
Now these illegal occupants are also asking for alternative houses besides the compensation. Moreover, some of the people filed cases in the court claiming ownership of these houses.