Monday, July 22, 2024

Bhopal: 109 Homes Demolished on Day 2 as NGT Orders Enforced

The eviction drive in Bhadbhada, following the National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders, saw the demolition of 109 homes on the second day of implementation. The district administration, police, and civic authorities continued to closely monitor the situation as part of the ongoing drive to evict 386 families residing in the Upper Lake green belt area.

Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) reported the removal of 109 encroachments on the second day, with the total count reaching 140 structures demolished over the two-day period. The drive targets structures within 50 meters of the green belt, aligning with the NGT directives.

Bhopal Police Commissioner Harinarayanchari Mishra, Bhopal collector Kaushalendra Vikram Singh, BMC commissioner Frank Noble, along with ADM Harendra Narayan and others, were present at the demolition site to oversee the operation.

The eviction process, which began at 7 am on Thursday, involved the use of JCB machines to demolish houses and structures. Officials claimed that a significant number of residents voluntarily vacated their homes. The administration emphasized that support, including resettlement and necessary arrangements such as food, was provided to the displaced residents.

The massive action involves dozens of JCB machines, trucks, dumpers, and over 1,000 BMC anti-encroachment wing staff, along with personnel from the fire department. The administration reiterated its commitment to continuing the process of removing remaining encroachments in the designated area.

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