Staff Reporter

N-5 Development Council seeks CM’s intervention

BHUBANESWAR: With mushrooming high-rise buildings increasingly obstructing ventilation, residents of Nayapalli residential area alleged that a vacant space, which was allotted for the community was being handed over to private school.

The only big community ground, which was the only breathing space for residents of N-5 sector of Nayapalli area, was to be developed into a park. However, General Administration department was reportedly planning to allot the space to Saraswait Sishu Mandir and it irked the residents.

Addressing a press conference, president of N-5 Development Council Dharma Prasad Mishra said as per the master plan of Nayapalli Housing Scheme, N-5 Sector was provided with two open space areas measuring an area of 0.930 acre and 2.755 acre.

“While 0.930 acre has already been handed over to one Modern Public School, Bhubaneswar, the remaining open space of 2.755 acre was on the verge of being snatched away from the community,” Mr. Mishra charged.

He said the space on which 600 families were depending was used for walking by senior citizens, it was the only playground of children and a number of community functions were being organised in that specific open space.

Mr. Mishra said the N-5 sector was already a crowded place having busy Indradhanu market complex, shopping malls, a number of hotels, commercial marriage mandaps, schools and colleges.

In the event of the space being handed over to a private entity, there would be no space for ventilation, no place for children to play and no place for old fellows to stroll and chitchat, association president said, adding that the environment would be total changed and it would be difficult for people to live here peacefully.

N-5 Development Council decided to meet Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seeking his intervention for stalling the move.

This was not the only high profile organized encroachment that came to the fore, even a vast area behind State Secretariat was under occupation of encroachers.

Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) had earmarked a number of open space within the residential colonies when it had planned. Of late these spaces are either being encroached by influential groups backed by political outfits or being taken over by small time traders, who in due course of time demand for vending zones.

While some residents’ associations muster courage to protest against encroachments the rest are silently witnessing their open space vanishing.