Bhubaneswar: Continuing its massive eviction drive and zero tolerance policy for encroachments on natural drainage channels in the city, the joint squad of BDA-BMC yesterday removed several concrete structures and buildings near Ekamra Villa in Jayadev Vihar area.
The joint squad completed the demolition of a concrete structure on the channel, on which a local resident had illegally built a hostel and also a grocery shop while blocking the flow of the storm water.
Similarly, a boundary wall built on the drainage channel was demolished along with a permanent RCC structure which was part of a nearby house and was severely constraining the drain by squeezing it to a funnel shape structure of mere 2 feet width, thus restricting the flow of rain water in the area.
Three excavators and one chain mounted proclain machine were engaged in yesterday’s eviction drive. The support from the local residents during the eviction drive and removal of the encroachments on the natural drainage channel helped in expediting the process.
The team led by Additional Commissioner, Enforcement, BDA Bhabani Shankar Chayani along with Zonal Dy. Commissioner Subhransu Mishra, three enforcement squads of BDA, zonal enforcement squad of BMC, Inspector-in-Charge of Nayapalli Police Station Umakanta Pradhan and a platoon of APR police force were present during yesterday’s eviction drive.
The Additional Commissioner said “ODA (Odisha Development Authority Act) cases relating to encroachments over drainage channel number 4 will be taken up on a priority basis. Drainage Division of BMC will do a detailed survey of all encroachments and obstructions along the channel, following which enforcement activity will be undertaken to restore the natural flow of storm water.”
It may be noted that the Drainage Channel No. 4, which originates from near the Ekamra Kanan (Regional Plant Resource Centre) boundary wall originally has a straight path up to Munda Sahi Square, but is now having a serpentine course due to the illegal encroachers and land grabbing activities.
The programme is likely to continue for more days in order to clear all encroachments from the area along the Drainage Channel No. 4. The channel is the longest in the city and passes through Ekamra Vihar,Jaydev Vihar, Acharya Vihar, Bhouma Nagar, Utkal University, VSS Nagar, Mancheswar and finally reaches the Gangua `nullah’ near Chakeisiani.