Indore : More than 100 structures, including houses and commercial establishments, were knocked down in a joint operation by the district administration, Indore Municipal Corporation and police on Wednesday to widen Kanadia road.

Tears rolled down the checks of many affected people and some even put up a minor protest but all such gestures and moves failed to stop the drive that was aimed at freeing land for widening 1200 meter of stretch between Patrakar Colony and Bengali Square.

The stretch has over 150 structures, which are hurdle before the road broadening project, of which over 100 were demolished on Wednesday. The rest will be pulled down within two days.

“We have issued notices to the encroachers asking them vacate their establishments immediately. Within two days we will demolish the remaining structures as well,” deputy municipal commissioner MS Chouhan said.

He said that the removal drive carried out on Wednesday was to free land for widening the road as per Indore Master Plan-2021. The road has to be broadened from present 60 feet to 104 feet, as per the master plan.

Three hydraulic poclain machines, five JCB machines, and 150 men were pressed into the removal drive which lasted for more than six hours. Nearly 150 policemen were deployed to prevent any untoward incident during the drive.

Local corporator and IMC speaker Ajay Singh Naruka, however, expressed his discontent over the timing of the drive. “The removal drive could have been delayed in view of upcoming Diwali festival. The administration unfortunately did not understand the sentiments of people,” he said.

Two year long struggle ends

The structures alongside Kanadia road were to be demolished about two years ago but due to political intervention the drive could not be carried out until Wednesday.

MLA from Indore-5, Mahendra Hardia along with residents of the area was opposed to increasing the width of the road from 60 feet to 104 feet. They lodged their objections at all possible forums but to no avail. Lok Sabha Speaker and local MP Sumitra Mahajan had to intervene into the matter when BJP public representatives stood divided on the road widening project. Eventually, all including residents agreed for removal of structures coming into the way of the project.

“Denizens co-operated with us due to which the drive turned out to be peaceful,” said Chouhan adding that many people demolished houses on their own.

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