The Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will pull down 31 buildings that have come up without any sanctioned plans. Mayor of BMC, Sabyasachi Dutta, said a complaint had been lodged in Bidhannagar South police station and the unauthorised structures would be pulled down.
It may be recalled that Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had said that actions would be taken against illegal constructions and actions would be taken against any party leader or worker who would be found to have any connection with syndicate or extortion racket.
Tuesday’s action of the civic authorities is the fall out of Banerjee’s instructions. The buildings that have been constructed illegally are situated at Sukantanagar.
The builders have been asked to meet senior civic officials. The area situated very close to Eastern Metropolitan bypass and Nicco Park and was considered to be a CPI(M) stronghold. Most of the unauthorised constructions came up during the time of Left Front regime.
Majority of the youth had links with Subhas Chakraborty. These areas, called the added in BMC’s parlance had played important roles in civic elections during the Left Front regime. The civic election in Left Front rule in Salt Lake was held under red terror.
After the change of guard, most of the youth of the area joined Trinamool Congress and came under the shelter of one leader or the other.
The buildings came up without any sanctioned plan. Shops came up illegally and within a few years the area that looked like a slum over two decades ago, now has a large number of concrete structures.
The water supply and sewer connections were also obtained illegally.
As the promoters had contacts with political bigwigs, civic officials never bothered to disturb them.
Senior civic official of BMC said they would speak to the builders and accordingly action would be taken.