Bhubaneswar: A joint enforcement squad of Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) carried out two eviction drives in the city today.
While one was along the Sainik School – Damana stretch to make way for the Left Parallel Road of the ambitious Alternative Road Network, the other one was between Sashtri Nagar and The World mall.
The drives were carried out to ensure land clearance for a bus queue shelter and other requirements before the ensuing Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018.
Eviction for Right Parallel Road
As per the eviction programme under the Central Enforcement Monitoring Committee (CEMC) today the senior enforcement officials of BDA with police force under the Saheed Nagar Police Station limits reached the spot around noon today. Two squads from BDA and one from BMC were present.
The requisition for the eviction was given by Executive Engineer, Division I, BDA. During the drive 16 asbestos houses, 19 wooden cabins, one concrete house of about 500 square feet, a boundary wall of 160 feet length, three tea stalls, three temporary kiosks, and two bamboo-polythene structures were demolished. Three excavators were used for the operation.
Among others, BDA Enforcement Officer-II Pramod Kumar Patra, Liaison Officer Subhransu Sekhar Mohanty, IIC Saheed Nagar PS Padamanabha Pradhan, Assistant Engineer (Division-I) BDA Rebati Kanungo, one platoon of gents APR force and one section of lady police force were present.
Earlier on October 13 last year senior BDA officials had made the on-the-spot inquiry and initiated the first step towards opening of the Damana-Gadakana Road leading from Damana Square to Netaji Subhash Enclave.
The path of the alternative road (Right Parallel) would be Damana Square – Netaji Subhash Enclave-East Coast Railway area-Sainik School- Sainik School Square on Acharya Vihar-Kalinga Hospital Road and vice-versa.
It is worth mentioning here that with the congestion on the Airport-Nandankanan road increasing day by day, the Odisha government has planned to have two alternate road networks on two side of the Sainik School-Damana Road which would provide a convenient bypass for the people to reach Sainik School Square via taking the left turn from Damana Square, while coming from the Nandankan end and also the vice versa, once the road is functional.
Sources said, the Damana-Gadakana road was planned long ago and to help more than 20,000 in the Gadakana and Mancheswar area. People staying in Netaji Subhash Enclave in Gadakana with 304 dwelling units, belonging to HIG and HIG deluxe category, would also get benefit from it.
It can be mentioned here that just like the Sainik School-Damana by-pass another road network along the other side of the Jaydev-Vihar Nandankana road, would be developed, joining Ekamra Kanan and Niladri Vihar-Sailashri Vihar creating a parallel by-pass to decongest the growing traffic in the city named the Left Parallel Road is also being plan for the future. Process for environmental clearance of the land needed for the Left Parallel Road has also started.
Roadside eviction near Sashtri Nagar
The joint enforcement squad of BDA and BMC removed several types of unauthorised structures on the roadside from Sashtri Nagar to The World in presence of Zonal Deputy Commissioner ZDC South-West Zone and Joint Commissioner Central Zone of BMC. The land will be used for projects for the ensuing Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018.
During the eviction drive 11 hoardings, seven structures of bamboo with polythene sheds, five tin sheeted extended sheds, two small cemented structures, and one large bamboo structure were removed by the joint squad with one squad from BDA and two squads of BMC without police.