More portions of Pathankot martyr Lt. Col. Niranjan’s house have been included in list of encroachments to be removed
BBMP officials on Tuesday added another pillar of the house in the anti-encroachment list, of Niranjan’s house in BEML Layout in Vidyaranyapura. The family hails from Kerala but have lived in Bengaluru for many years.
“After the survey on Tuesday a BBMP official told me that the second pillar also comes in the way. However, there is no clarity whether the pillar would go. Surveyors marked a part of the temple adjacent to the house but as per our measurements the second pillar might not come in the way,” said Shashank, brother of Niranjan’s brother.
BBMP officials had turned up for a survey at Col. Niranjan’s house last week. They told the family that one pillar, which supported the first floor of the house, must be demolished.
Following the recent flooding in several areas, the BBMP has been demolishing structures which have encroached on storm water drains. Over 1,000 houses in various parts of the city have been partially or fully demolished.
Shasank told The News Minute that they have not made alternate arrangements as no concrete information on the second pillar was given by the BBMP officials. However, the family has built a pillar to replace the pillar that was in the first anti-encroachment list.
“We have built another pillar that will support the structure when the first pillar goes off. If the officials confirm demolition of the second pillar, we need time to have it replaced with a new one,” he said.
34-year-old Niranjan, who was a part of the bomb-disposal squad, died while defusing a grenade during the mop-up operations at the Pathankot air base where Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists had launched a pre-dawn attack on January 2.