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Participation: Residents volunteer to demolish their building near Bowenpally on Tuesday.
Participation: Residents volunteer to demolish their building near Bowenpally on Tuesday.

Yogendra Kalavalapalli

Instead of panicking at SCB’s notice, residents decide to undertake the partial demolition themselves

HYDERABAD: Litigations between municipal authorities and residents opposing demolition of their houses is nothing new. Authorities often have to face the ire of occupants as they go about their job in their efforts to ease traffic congestions at busy intersections.

Residents of Deccan Towers at Diamond Point junction in Sikh village stand out as good examples. Some months ago, when they received a notice from the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) stating that a part of their building needs to be demolished for road expansion, the residents, instead of panicking , mobilised a meeting. The Resident Welfare Association and the builder felt there would be lesser harm if they undertake the responsibility to demolish the portion of the building demarcated by the Cantonment Board. “If we don’t demolish it, the Board will. So, we came forward with the proposal that we will do it ourselves,” informs a housewife.

Methodical way

Accordingly they held talks with SCB authorities and assured them that they would undertake demolition work. By assigning the work to a local contractor, who would dismantle the building in a methodical way, they also ensured that no harm is done to the structure.

“Cantonment Board workers might be reckless while demolishing and may knock down more than necessary,” says a flat owner. Bedrooms of flats facing the road will be brought down as part of the demolition drive. Bedrooms on top two floors facing the road have already been pulled down. One hopes residents from other localities take inspiration from the initiative of the inhabitants of Deccan towers.


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