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Bldg. inside govt land demolished
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 29(NPN):
Published on 30 May. 2009 1:05 AM IST
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Official machineries on Friday demolished an under construction concrete building, constructed inside an official designated ADC (Judicial) quarter at Upper Chandmari, Kohima. The new skeletal structure was being constructed inside the officially designated ADC (J) quarter located opposite to Power House by dismantling the garage inside the quarter and knocking off the brick wall on the roadside. The officials including the administration, police, KMC and department of law and justice, in the presence of GBs, DBs carried out the demolition with heavy security deployment to thwart any attempt to obstruct the drive. The under construction new structure was brought down by the administration using crane after completing the formalities. An official present at the site said the encroacher was earlier served show-cause notice and eviction notice, but failed to respond. Hence, on the expiry of the deadline for eviction, the authority had carried out the demolition, he said. The type-V quarter (No. CH/P.W.D 65) in question which was officially designated as ADC(J) quarter had gone through numerous tussles until recently when the district administration had to resort to forcible eviction of the illegal occupant (an LDA from Housing Department according to unconfirmed source) and sealed the quarter. It was learnt that the quarter which belonged to the state law and justice department had been occupied by successive ADC (J) in the past. However, at one point of time the quarter went to the wrong hands. There has been rampant encroachment of government land which has thrown a big challenge on the government to effectively tackle the problem. In many cases, government servants who occupy government quarters were involved in such encroachment of government land. “If we are to go to each and every government quarters in and around the state capital and carry out such eviction of illegal occupations and demolition of encroached structures, we will not be able to finish in a year,” an official present at the site told this Correspondent on the sidelines of the demolition. Similarly, another government official pointed out that the main problem was with the occupant of the quarters who were none other than government servant themselves. He opined that the government should come out with strict rules with punitive measures to check the problem.

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