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Demolition amidst protests

THE INDORE Municipal Corporation on Sunday reclaimed 10,000 square feet of public land by razing 24 illegal structures erected by patta-holders on Kanadia Road near Madhavrao Scindia Square (Bangali Junction).

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 10:03 IST

THE INDORE Municipal Corporation on Sunday reclaimed 10,000 square feet of public land by razing 24 illegal structures erected by patta-holders on Kanadia Road near Madhavrao Scindia Square (Bangali Junction).

The patta-holders had expanded their original holdings by appropriating space on the road fronting their houses and constructing shops on the acquired land. The demolition came after they ignored a 24-hour deadline issued by the district administration to voluntarily pull down the encroachments.

Over 150 IMC staffers, five bulldozers and an equal number of dumpers were pressed into service during the massive demolition exercise that began early in the morning and lasted till sundown.

A joint district administration and IMC team led by Removal Officer Rajesh Kothari and SDM Vivek Shrotriya arrived at the spot at around 8 am and gave the encroachers an hour’s time to retrieve their belongings.

Hundreds of residents rushed to and from the shops trying to save as much as they could and the retrieval was still underway when the demolition began. This sparked a flurry of protests from the residents who claimed that they were not allowed sufficient time to cart away all their goods.

For a while things threatened to take an ugly turn as tempers ran high among affected residents. Things, however, settled down after the protestors were dissuaded from taking any rash action by the police contingent headed by CSP Irmin Shah.
The demolition has finally rung the curtain down on the two-decade-old encroachment at Bangali Junction. It all began when the government decided to hand over pattas measuring 63 x 13 feet at khasra number 142 some 35 years back.

Although the original allottees remained confined to the allocated parcel of land, their descendants, however, extended the settlement by encroaching 20 feet on Kanadia Road. Shops soon came up on the occupied land and, in no time, the area turned into a bustling marketplace.

Finally waking up to the disruption caused by the illegal market, the Tehsildar issued eviction notices to the encroachers under Section 248 of Land Revenue Code.

The patta-holders challenged the notices in the Indore High Court bench. The HC directed them to file their grievances in the court of Sub-divisional Officer.

The SDO court, in turn, remanded the matter to Tehsildar Vandana Parashar who on Friday served a 24-hour notice to the appellants to voluntarily remove encroachments.

First Published: Mar 13, 2006 10:03 IST