Jagannath Basti Demolition and Relocation Completed Today

Bhubaneswar: Today the remaining 100 houses of Jagannath Basti along the NH near Jayadev Vihar were demolished by the joint eviction squad of BMC and BDA. Yesterday 200 houses were demolished at Jagannath Basti by the city administration.

While the process of demolition started on September 27 and was completed today, on the Day III it started at 7.30 am today and continued till 3 pm in the afternoon.  Relocation and transportation of the families from Jagannath Basti to Pandakudia was completed by 5pm.

While all the families (households) were relocated to Pandakudia, only one family went to Transit House near Kanyashram at CS Pur as there was a cancer patient.

All families relocated to Pandakudia will get Rs 35,000 for construction of house and Rs 8,000 for Individual House Hold Latrine (IHHL) for better environment and cleanliness at the new location.

BMC has deposited Rs 47 lakh with CESU to provide permanent electric connection to the site at Pandakudia and the work will likely be completed by October 10 . Till then temporary power connections and streetlighting will be provided by BMC.

Community kitchen will be providing food for the oustees for 10-15 days as per requirement at the site till they settle down at Pandakudia completely.

BMC has already provided approach road to Pandakudia from near the campus of Agriculture College Campus of SOA University. Internal roads and drainage facility inside the settlement will be done by BMC. Drinking water supply has also started for the people by the civic body.

For making temporary shelter polythene sheets were supplied by BMC to each family. The District Education Officer will look after the admission of the relocated kids from Jagannath Basti in nearby schools at Pandakudia. The Anganwadi Centre from Jagannath Basti would also be relocated by the CDPO.

The eligible beneficiaries who availed the land of 240 square feet were selected as per the RAY list of Jagannath Basti, where people were staying prior to 01.07.2013.  The three-day long eviction-cum relocation process was possible due to commendable work by BMC, BDA, Commissionerate Police, Smart City. While all eviction squads were deployed 10 platoons of police force were deployed on alls days.

One of the most successful eviction drives in recent times was done under the overall supervision of BDA Additional Commissioner-cum-Member Enforcement Bhabani Shankar Chayani. BMC Deputy Commissioners Binay Kumar Dash, Subhranshu Mishra, Lalatendu Sahu, Pramod Kumar Prusty and Diptirani Sahoo coordinated all the operations at Jagannath Basti and Pandakudia respectively. BDA Enforcement Officer-II Pramod Patra and liasoning officer Subhranshu Mohanty also coordinated.

Local corporators, community organizers and other officials of BMC also worked tirelessly for three days to make the operation a success.

The eviction was necessitated for the overall cleanliness, ambiance and beautification of surrounding area of the Kalinga Stadium Sports Complex, for the ensuing World Cup Hockey-2018.

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