Following the High court’s scolding for not taking actions against illegal religious structures, municipal commissioner Virendra Singh called a meeting on Thursday.
Deputy Commissioner of police (special branch) Smartana Patil and all ten assistant municipal commissioner also attended the meeting.
Demolition of the illegal religious structures have started from Friday. The decision was taken in the meeting itself.
“On the very first day, 12 structures will be removed from the areas in Laxmi Nagar, Dharampeth, and Hanuman Nagar," a senior official said.
The officials further informed that the demolition work will progress even on fourth Saturday and Sunday. The official also said that a survey was done on the illegal religious structures in the city.
1,521 structures were found to be illegal in the survey that was done with the help of traffic police.
The figure of 1,521 structures is divided into two categories: A and B.
NMC decided to legalize 18 structures citing their religious value under category A. Category B has remaining 1,503 illegal structures which cannot be legalised due to traffic and law problems caused by them.
Some 175 of the structures are quite old and go way back to the 1960s. Around 80 objections have been received by the civic body.
For now, the civic body is targeting 1,248 structures. Problem is that these structures are mostly on government lands. Other 553 structures are on NMC land, 564 on NIT land, 92 on lands belonging to nazul department, 28 on agriculture college property and 22 on PWD land.
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