CIDCO takes back demolition drive from developer, tears down walls

Aug 01, 2012, 07:19 IST | Saurabh Katkurwar

Having observed that Abhishek developers had only removed windowpanes in 10 days, officials razed two floors of the clubhouse yesterday

After waiting and watching for 10 days, CIDCO seems to have finally reached the conclusion that the so-called ‘demolition work’ promised by Abhishek Developers isn’t really getting anywhere. 

Breaking point: CIDCO officials began demolition work at Green Heritage building at 2.30 pm yesterday

CIDCO officials intervened yesterday and resumed demolition work on the tainted Green Heritage high rise, which they had stopped on July 20, after the developers promised to raze the illegal structures themselves.

The anti-encroachment department of CIDCO started demolition of walls in the clubhouse at 2.30 pm yesterday.

By the end of the day, CIDCO had demolished walls of two floors.

“We have demolished brick structures including walls on the third and fourth floors of the clubhouse using hammers. We will use gas cutters or porcelain machines to demolish pillars and beams on Wednesday. There is technical complexity in removing illegal structures of the clubhouse, so it may take another four days to demolish the clubhouse completely,” said a CIDCO official, requesting anonymity.

Anil Patil, chief controller of unauthorised constructions (CCUC) of CIDCO, said, “We have started the demolition again as we found that the developers failed to remove illegal structures at the necessary speed. The developers approached us today, requesting us to halt the demolition.

We will allow developers to demolish illegal structures on their own, only on the condition that that they will carry out the demolition at the required speed.”

The developers haven’t submitted a demolition plan to CIDCO, though it was due on July 23. 

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