Admin plans to use explosives to demolish illegal buildings in Noida
The district magistrate asked the senior officials part of the anti-land mafia task force to also find out the ways to acquire explosives and its costnoida Updated: Aug 09, 2017 22:16 IST
The anti-land mafia task force of Gautam Budh Nagar is considering the use of explosives such as dynamite for demolishing illegal buildings in the district.
On Tuesday evening, in a meeting with the Noida authority and senior administration officials, district magistrate (DM) BN Singh asked the officials concerned to find out the legal procedure for using explosives to bring down illegal constructions.
“Officials have been asked to look at the possible legal procedures for using explosives to bring down illegal construction. Noida authority has been asked to identify such buildings, which are away from any residential societies and public infrastructure. No resident will be troubled if any building is being brought down by using explosives. Safety of people will never be compromised,” Singh said.
The DM asked the senior officials part of the anti-land mafia task force to also find out the ways to acquire explosives and its cost. “In the past, other states have used explosives to bring down illegal construction. The same technique was used in Madhya Pradesh, a few years ago. The legal procedures will be followed strictly before a decision is taken,” said Singh.
The authority officials mentioned some isolated illegal buildings, but the DM asked them to go through every detail of the location to ensure that residents are not affected. The decision will be taken after the officials file their report on the procedures and cost.
“We will not take any risk by using explosives. Other authorities will be informed about the decision once we complete the first step of identifying legal ways to do it,” Singh said.
Those who have constructed the illegal buildings will also be informed in advance and issued notices before any action. Usage of explosives in demolishing illegal buildings will save time and labour, said Singh.
In October 2012, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, the administration used nearly 16kg of explosives to demolish an illegal building that belonged to former tehsildar DS Gandharwa.
In March 2015, Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) blew up Khambati Farm House and City Park following the go-ahead from the Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court. These structures were constructed on a green belt and around 10kg of gun power was used for the purpose.