NMC razes 42 houses built in just 10 days in Wathoda

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Dec 2017 09:17:31


Staff Reporter,

Nehru Nagar zone of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), on Wednesday, demolished 42 houses newly constructed houses in Wathoda area. These houses were constructed within last 10 days in the locality. NMC registered FIR against 14 persons for opposing the demolition drive, and Nandanvan Police arrested them for creating nuisance.

A regional centre and national sports coaching institute of Sports Authority of India (SAI) is coming up over 140.77 acres of land in Wathoda and Tarodi (Khurd) areas in East Nagpur. The sports infrastructure proposed to be created will match the standards for National Games, Asian Games, and Olympics. The land was handed over to SAI for a token amount of Re 1/- for a period of 30 years.

Around 400 houses were illegally constructed in these areas. NMC had issued eviction notices to the owners of these houses. The decision regarding removal of these houses is still pending with the civic body. A high-level meeting with Union Minister for Road Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Minister of State for Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore was held in Delhi recently. They directed the officials concerned to remove illegal constructions and rehabilitate them at another place. The civic body had issued notices to them on October 27, 2017 and stated that all constructions coming up after this date would be termed as illegal.

Despite this, some persons illegally constructed new houses in the area. Surprisingly, these houses were constructed during night hours in last 10 days!
Assistant Commissioner Rajesh Karade noticed these developments and informed Municipal Commissioner Ashwin Mudgal. The Municipal Commissioner directed Karade to remove these constructions immediately. As per the directions, Karade along with Assistant Commissioner Ashok Patil and his team demolished the constructions with the help of two JCBs on Wednesday. Nehru Nagar zone also registered FIR against unknown persons for constructing these houses. Sources claimed that poor and needy persons working as labourers were residing in these areas. ‘Someone’ funded them for construction of these houses, suspected an officer.

NMC team that demolished these new houses on Wednesday comprised Yadav Jambhulkar, Sanjay Kamble, Manjur Shah, Nitin Manthanwar, Prakash Patil, Sanjay Shingne, Jamshed Ali, and others.