Club building demolished

Staff Reporter

Sequel to High Court order

GMC serves notice on the club 15 days ago

The rooms built at a cost of Rs. 8 lakhs

GUNTUR: Guntur Municipal Corporation on Monday demolished the ground floor of a new building constructed by high-profile LVR Club and Reading Room at Lakshmipuram Junction after the management did not set right the deviations.

The Guntur Municipal Corporation based on a directive from the High Court had asked the LVR Club, frequented by people in high places in the city, to remove the rooms in the parking area of the building constructed last year at a cost of Rs.8 lakhs. They were served with a notice 15 days ago to which the management did not respond, according to City Planning Officer Chakrapani.

Monday morning at 6 a.m. the GMC staff equipped with demolition tools arrived at the club premises and began action following the club management ignoring a 24-hour notice given to them after 15-day notice. The club had taken a plan approval for construction of the building with the ground portion as parking lot, but a swanky lounge and reception was constructed, which irritated the authorities.

As news spread about demolition, club office-bearers -- president Peddi Subba Rao and secretary Ramprasad arrived at the site and former MLA Challa Venkata Krishna Reddy also came to the spot requesting the GMC authorities to stop the demolition. When the GMC staff did not listen, a duel ensued and the police, who were present in large numbers, escorted the club members out of the premises and allowed the demolition.

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