Joint action by NMC, NIT, University and Revenue Department
Nagpur: In what could be mentioned as a pro-active action, a big team of Revenue Department including Patwaris, SDO and other officials, NMC Staff, NIT Officials, University Officials escorted by the Police Department swooped down on the University Land from Amravati Road to Ambazhari lake to demolish the eateries that had come up on the varsity land. Big Bulldozers, JCBs, Trucks, Dumpers, etc were pressed into service to demolish the buildings on January 28, 2016.
Anticipating some resistance, the team had called for a strong police protection for their action.
These illegal eateries were operating from the 70-acre encroached land of Rastrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur university (RTMNU) adjacent to the Post-Graduate Campus, were ordered to close down operations since they were operating without valid licenses under the Bombay Police Act.
It could be mentioned here that Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, after taking over Nagpur University’s reins as Acting Vice Chancellor, had taken action on against the encroachers on NU’s 70-acre land adjacent to the postgraduate campus.
After the initiative taken by Kumar, police had raided and closed the eateries for operating without valid food and eating licenses under the Bombay Police Act, 1951.
Petitions were filed in the court by these encroachers challenging the actions of concerned authorities. Adv Anand Parchure had represented RTMNU, while
Sandip Yadav, who runs an eatery on the land, had stated that his family was staying on the land since 1912.
While speaking to Nagpur Today, Assistant Commissioner of Police Ingole said that this action is being undertaken on the orders of the Court, Tehsildar and the Collector of Nagpur. This action was pending for some time now, he added.
While speaking to Nagpur Today, Sub Divisional Officer, Nagpur city Subhash Chaudhari said that some of the petitioners had got a stay on the demolition till Monday the February 1, 2016. These petitioners had applied for a stay in Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on January 27, 2016. The hearing on their petition is slated to be held on February 1, 2016, after which those properties too will be demolished.
The JCBs showed no partiality to beautifully constructed buildings as well as to shanties and demolished it all. What had started as simple shanties which served food soon became well established eateries when the owners of these eateries allegedly got a lease from some Varisty officials.