Demolishement of Unlawful Structures in Kolkata Commences Today

Demolishement of Unlawful Structures in Kolkata Commences Today

Kolkata is taking action against illegal buildings to protect residents from dishonest builders.

In response to the complaints from citizens across Kolkata, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) buildings department is launching a campaign to dismantle illegal constructions beginning today, 30 October 2023.

A spokesperson for the KMC buildings department disclosed that certain real estate developers had exploited the festive season to erect illegal structures. “In light of specific concerns raised by residents in various neighbourhoods, we have scheduled a demolition drive commencing early next week,” the municipal official stated.

Sources at the KMC have indicated that this initiative will span areas such as Behala, the Garden Reach-Kidderpore belt, Dum Dum-Cossipore localities, and regions along the EM Bypass. A senior KMC buildings department official acknowledged that the number of unauthorised buildings erected during this year’s festival season is lower than in previous years.

Expressing astonishment, a KMC official questioned how some developers managed to initiate the construction of illegal floors, particularly when civic authorities had issued warnings before the festivities. “We had dispatched a comprehensive list to our buildings department officials, as well as the local police stations.

Despite taking preventive measures, some developers proceeded with illegal constructions. We are actively investigating such cases of unsanctioned construction,” commented the KMC buildings department representative.

Municipal authorities emphasised that the cooperation of citizens is essential in identifying these cases. A KMC buildings department spokesperson stated, “Our goal is to reduce the number of illegal structures, thus safeguarding flat buyers who are frequently victims of deceit by certain developers. We have encouraged citizens to lodge complaints with our buildings department or at their local police stations. While some residents have submitted complaints, others have sought clarification on the legal status of construction projects to ensure informed housing investment.”