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Land worth Rs 15 crore freed from encroachers

AFTER RAINS recently wrecked havoc, civic authorities have freed land worth about Rs 15 crore from encroachers during the widening of different nullahs in the City. However, concrete houses built on nullahs in densely populated City areas are yet to be removed.

india Updated: Sep 12, 2006 14:58 IST

AFTER RAINS recently wrecked havoc, civic authorities have freed land worth about Rs 15 crore from encroachers during the widening of different nullahs in the City. However, concrete houses built on nullahs in densely populated City areas are yet to be removed.

Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) had taken up the widening of different nullahs, which had created problems during the spell of heavy rains in August. Patra Nullah, which created problems in most of the City localities, is being widened from Rajendra Nagar to Bhanpura through Kolua, Semra and Karariya.

The widening work, which started about a fortnight back will continue for one more week. BMC officials estimated that about 70-acre of land costing about Rs 9.90 crore was freed from here. BMC has widened the Patra Nullah from 20-meters to 50-meters in this stretch.

Koh-e-Fiza nullah too has shrunk
OVER 100 shanties near Koh-e-Fiza Hospital have shrunk the nullah in a ward represented by the Mayor Sunil Sood as corporator for 10 years. Local residents have been demanding the removal of these shanties for the past many years. These shanty dwellers have occupied the land belonging to the nullah in this colony developed by Bhopal Development Authority (BDA). Even private plots are occupied by shanties dwellers. Sood has also been residing near this settlement.

When asked, local corporator Mahira Salamuddin said she was aware of this problem and was making efforts to get these shanties shifted. She said the BMC had included the shifting of these shanties under the slum rehabilitation schemes of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

First Published: Sep 12, 2006 14:58 IST