Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, RMC commissioner Mukesh Kumar said that the civic body isn’t targeting anyone and is merely following the provisions of the Jharkhand Municipality Act, 2011. “By the power vested in RMC by Section 437(4) of the Jharkhand municipality Act, it is the civic body’s mandate to demolish any illegal structure within its limits. The orders have been passed after following the due procedure,” Kumar added.
The anti-encroachment drive comes in the wake of a recent directive by the municipal court which ordered for the demolition of illegal structures within the RMC’s command areas. In the last few months, the court has heard over 600 cases concerning the encroachment of the civic body’s areas. Even now, hundreds of such cases are pending before the court as the aggrieved party has sought time for procuring the required documents to produce before the court.
A total of 175 illegal buildings have been identified on the catchment areas of different water bodies. “A total of 74 have been identified in Kanke, 70 around Hinoo river and 30 around Bada Talaab,” Kumar said.
Asked if hospitals will also come under the anti-encroachment drive, Kumar said, “We cannot allow illegal structures to exist just because it is being used for charity as by that principle, we will have to leave everyone. We have received several requests for review of decisions citing some unforeseen reasons and we have provided time to everyone on a case-by-case basis. But if they fail to produce the required documents to substantiate their claims, RMC will continue with its decision.”
Meanwhile, deputy mayor Sanjiv Vijayavargiya, expressed displeasure over the demolition drive on well-known addresses of the city. “I have come to know that city’s oldest hospital, Sewa Sadan, has been served a notice to demolish within a fortnight. This is completely impractical and the state government must bring in a provision to regularize these types of buildings,” Vijayavargiya said.