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Last phase demolition drive underway

Wall of Hotel Tragopan brought down by the demolition crew of DMC on Monday. (NP)
Staff Reporter, DIMAPUR, Dec 1:
Published on 2 Dec. 2008 12:44 AM IST
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The last phase demolition drive in Dimapur for this year, resumed Monday with the demolition crew of Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) seen at work in localities including Old NST, Golaghat Road, Circular Road and Nagaland Gate. The drive started around 8 a.m. at Hotel Fantasy line, opposite East Police Station, and many structures coming in the way of footpaths and drains including the outer gates of Tourist Lodge were demolished. There was a heated exchange of words between the DMC members and CRPF personnel manning the SBI Main Branch when the demolition crew razed down a structure put up by the CRPF alongside the footpath of the road leading to Civil Hospital. While the CRPF threatened to file an FIR, the DMC contended that the structure was a major obstruction to the path leading to the hospital. The walls of Hotel Tragopan facing Golaghat road and Amar Mill were also brought down. The check gates of Forest and Excise departments at Nagaland Gate and VK Centre, Circular Road, were given till December 31 for the respective department and owner to demolish the structures themselves, as per their request. Meanwhile, DMC chairperson Khekaho Assumi said the municipal council was undertaking the last phase demolition for this year alongside construction of footpaths and drains. “We are utilizing every rupee of the Rs. 50 lakh the government has sanctioned for repair and construction of drains and footpaths,” Khekaho said. He also said DMC was also taking up other related activities for beautification of the town and promised a total facelift of Dimapur to welcome the festive season, and appealed to the public of Dimapur to cooperate with the civic body in the beautification drive. The demolition drive will continue till December 10, the chairperson said.

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