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Demolition drive of SMC turned into battle ground in Srinagar

Locals allege paying hefty amount to SMC officials, ACB in deep slumber

Srinagar, May 01: A demolition drive of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) turned into a battle ground at Maloora area of Kashmir Capital Srinagar on Saturday when locals of the area pelted stones on the corporation’s demolition team.

Reports said that a demolition drive led by deputy Mayor of SMC, Parvaiz Qadri, Chief enforcement officer Mudasir Banday and other officials turned into a battle ground after locals at Maloora area of outskirts of Srinagar district attacked the demolition team with stones. However the squad continued dismantling many structures in the area that were constructed without any permission from the authority.

Reports said some vehicles of SMC and other private vehicles were damaged in this incident.

Locals of the area while talking to media persons said “We have paid a huge amount to the concerned Ward officer and concerned councilor of ward 32 namely Shahzad Ahmad, besides other officials of the corporatioin”.

Firstly they (SMC) allow raising such structures and when they get completed, they demolish it. Why do they allow construction work in the first place? asked the locals of the area.

Locals said why the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) is watching as mute spectators allowing corruption into the roots of our society.

Meanwhile, Commissioner SMC Athar Amir said that we have received the reports of illegal construction and accordingly a team led by deputy Mayor demolished the illegal construction and further corporation will take strict action against the violators adding that those involved will be dealt with as per law if found guilty. (KDC)

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