The second day of the demolition drive of apartments, houses and other structures on Bandar Road and Poranki in Vijaywada, on Sunday, to facilitate the road widening of National Highway 65 (Vijaywada-Machilipatnam) continue to worry locals residents. The residents, along with the property owners, took to the streets to oppose the move by revenue and police officials, and NHAI authorities.
Officials had initiated the road widening works on Bandar Road a few months ago. On Sunday, fresh demolition drive started with officials roping in excavators and earth movers to demolish several structures.
The building owners and residents allege that they werenâ€™t given prior information and also demanded compensation, The Hindu reported.
The drive has resulted in heated exchange of arguments between owners and revenue officials. Heavy police forces were deployed to maintain order in the Poranki area.
As per the officials, as many as 90 buildings have to be demolished on the stretch to widen the Bandar Road. Notices were also given to property owners before the launch of demolition drive on Saturday, TNIE reported.
The officials have assured that the property owners would be compensated as per the market rates in 2007. After higher officials intervened, the demolition drive was carried out with apartments, including those of corporate colleges, houses and others being razed down, TNIE reported.