BDA to demolish 139 unauthorized buildings in Bhubaneshwar

BHUBANESWAR: The state government has identified over 100 unauthorized buildings in Bhubaneswar for demolition, housing and urban development minister Raghunath Mohanty told the state assembly on Wednesday.

In written reply to a query by MLA Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Mohanty said the government has already issued demolition orders against 139 unauthorized buildings. These structures were reportedly obstructing flow of rainwater creating flash floods during rainy seasons. “Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) did not renew registration of builders involved in constructing these structures. This means projects undertaken by such dubious builders will not get BDA approval in future,” the minister said.

Unauthorized constructions obstructing natural drains had hogged limelight during the last monsoon when rainwater entered several houses in the low-lying areas of Acharya Vihar behind Science Park, Shastri Nagar, Behera Sahi (Nayapalli) and Old Town localities.

The minister said the government has so far identified 530 buildings and apartments in the state capital, which violated the BDA norms. Officer on special duty (OSD) to BDA has lodged cases against the violators, he added.

Mohanty said 3,352 persons had encroached over 38 acre in projects undertaken by Odisha State Housing Board. The encroachers are mainly allottees in the OSHB projects concerned. They have illegally occupied open areas adjacent to their houses. The minister said the government has initiated steps under Orissa Development Authorities (ODA) Act 1982 and Orissa Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants Act, l 972) to evict the encroachers.

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