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DMC on demolition drive
Staff reporter: Dimapur, 02 Jul 2008
Published on 3 Jul. 2008 12:39 AM IST
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As a follow up action of its earlier orders on easing traffic congestion and beautification of Dimapur town, the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) along with district administration, police and NGOs on Wednesday carried out a demolition and road-clearing drive by dismantling shops and illegal structures encroaching on pavements and roads.
Demolition of shops and illegal structures were carried out at Circular Road, Tragopan junction and Burma Camp police point areas and around thirty shops and ghumtis were dismantled Wednesday as first phase of the demolition drive. DMC chairperson Khekaho Assumi said during the demolition drive he received complaints from certain quarters, with some even asking for compensation for the razed shops. 
However, the demolition drive has received wide support from the public and organizations including the Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) and Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA).
DNSU president Solomon Awomi lauded the initiative of the DMC, administration and police and said the students’ body would give unflinching support and co-operation to any step taken towards beautification of Dimapur town.Police also said such drives would ease traffic congestion to a great extent.
Meanwhile, Khekaho said the joint team would undertake the second phase demolition drive soon. He also cautioned that henceforth all “illegally” constructed structures and shops would be demolished without any prior warning. It may be mentioned the DMC had earlier passed not less than three orders towards beautification of the town and easing traffic congestion.
The orders directed garage/workshop owners not to park or abandon vehicles on road sides, owners of buildings under construction to remove building materials from road sides and dismantling and vacation of un-authorized construction of ghumtis or structure encroaching on pavements.

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