The Noida Authority demolished at least 24 illegal encroachments out of the proposed 138 encroachments into common spaces by several apartment owners in Grand Omaxe housing society on Friday. With this, the demolition drive for the day came to an end. The Grand Omaxe society is the same place where a spat between politician Shrikant Tyagi and another resident over the same issue triggered a major row last month.
Tyagi was arrested after he was caught on tape abusing and shoving a woman who protested when palm trees were being planted in the open space in front of Tyagi’s ground-floor apartment.
The razing of encroachments, mostly temporary constructions outside ground-floor apartments, comes in the wake of a 48-hour notice by the authority.
Multiple excavators and around half a dozen dumper trucks were used to carry out the demolition, Noida authority officials said. The exercise was carried out amid heavy police presence.
Many society residents, who had done encroachments, initially tried to stop the bulldozers and trucks from entering the society with some of them even sitting down in protest, urging them to spare their flats.
ACP (Central Noida 1) Abdul Qadir said, “After the initial resistance there was no law and order situation in the process. Adequate security personnel have been deployed.”
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