In a massive demolition drive carried out by Bareilly Development Authority (BDA) on Wednesday evening at Bara Bypass, the authority demolished as many as 12 recently completed residential flats and 18 under-construction flats in the area.
Sources at BDA said that the residential flats were being constructed illegally near Bara Bypass at Vishnu Dham colony, which has also been developed without BDA’s approval.
The colony was declared as unauthorised around a couple of months ago and the builders were apprised to get an approval for the same at the earliest, however, the developers continued the illegal construction in the area.
Speaking to TOI, Bareilly Development Authority secretary AK Singh said, “On getting the information regarding illegal construction going on in Bara Bypass area, BDA had carried out an inspection of the illegal premises and builders were apprised that the development is against BDA’s guidelines and should be stopped with immediate effect. To ensure that the construction is not resumed, the construction site was sealed two months ago. However, the concerned developers later broke the seals and resumed the construction.”
Singh added, “Since no importance to the directions issued were given and builders continued the construction work by breaking the seal, legal action was initiated. Besides, building layout plan under the colony was not approved from BDA, and thus around 30 residential flats in the colony were demolished during the enforcement drive.”
Sources informed that of around 30 residential flats, construction of 12 was recently completed while remaining were under-construction. 10 flats were already allotted to people. Even when the warning notices were served to vacate the flats, construction went on unabated and thus, demolition was launched.
BDA officials said, even as the drive was opposed by the residents, the development authority managed to carry out the enforcement exercise successfully. BDA secretary, superintending engineers, executive engineers, assistant engineers, junior engineers and other staff members remained present during the drive. Police from Izzatnagar police station also remained deployed throughout the demolition exercise.