140 more encroachments razed from Bhadbhada dam site
   Date :23-Feb-2024

encroachments razed  
By Ankita Garg
Continuing the anti-encroachment campaign on the second day, the district administration and Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) razed 110 encroachments at Bhadbhada dam site in front of Hotel Taj on Thursday. Out of 386 encroachments, administration had already demolished 30 illegal structures at the site on February 21. Officials said that all encroachments have been removed with the consent of encroachers and they have been given three options either to accept the compensation amount, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana or relocation in Chandbad area of Old Bhopal. On Friday, the administration will be dismantling 246 remaining encroachments. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ over phone, District Collector Kaushlendra Vikram Singh said, “We have demolished 110 encroachments on Thursday with the consent of encroachers. People have been convinced and BMC vehicles helped them in shifting. Some of them have been given compensation amount and some have been allotted patta in Chandpur. Remaining 246 encroachments will be removed on Friday.”
Over 500 policemen were deployed at the site and main gate towards Bhadbhada slum was closed with barricades. No one was allowed to move towards Bhadbhada Square to the slum gate. Barricades were placed at one km of distance from Bhadbhada gate. Many people reached with food and other essential items for their relatives but no one was allowed to cross the barricades. Encroachers made various allegations on authorities and cited various examples to exempt them from the campaign. Many of them pleaded that this is the oldest slum of Bhopal and they are living on the location since 100 years. Officials of BMC said, NGT, back to back, had given orders to take action against these human settlements, illegal constructions especially in the vicinity of water bodies.
“Notices were already issued to parties concerned in this regard and BMC team did announcement in advance,” added the Collector. The administration has asked to vacate the area in order to follow the order of National Green Tribunal (NGT). People were given three days’ ultimatum to vacant the area. However three days ultimatum was expired on February 19. In the meantime, district collector Kaushlendra Vikram Singh took a meeting with the slum-dwellers and allowed them one more day to vacate the area. Officials said that BMC has to submit an action report in NGT on March 12.