Bhubaneswar: The Joint enforcement squad of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) on Saturday demolished encroachments, including a ‘Samadhi Peeth’ allegedly raised by Iskcon temple authorities in Nayapalli area here.
On July 25, taking serious note of waterlogging around the Iskcon temple and on the stretch of NH-16, the BMC had issued a show-cause notice to the temple authorities for allegedly raising unauthorised constructions by encroaching on the road.
The BMC had served show-cause notice to the temple authorities for encroachment of land earmarked for ‘Right of Way’ (Road) adjoining the NH -16.
Three JCB machines were engaged to carry out the demolition drive. The action of the civic body came after it was severely criticised for its failure to resolve the waterlogging crisis on the road in front of the temple.
Two platoons of police force were deployed to maintain law and order at the spot.
The BMC notice has come in the wake of severe waterlogging on the stretch of NH-16 near the temple since the first week of July.
The civic body had also issued a notice to a prominent hotel near the temple for illegal parking of vehicles by encroaching the road.
The civic body will restore the 12-metre width of the natural drainage channel 10, which originates from Nayapalli. And to maintain the width of 12 metre throughout the length of the drainage channel, the BMC has started freeing Government land on either sides from encroachment.