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BMC to use drones while demolishing unauthorised structures

In order to avoid any violent encounter between the police and the local residents, the civic body has proposed to use drones

BMC to use drones while demolishing unauthorised structures
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now deploy drones to monitor the demolition drive of unauthorised structures in Mumbai. The civic body intends to use the drones to avoid any untoward incident while bringing down the illegal structures. Earlier last week, the municipal corporation had used a drone to monitor a demolition drive at Dahisar.

According to BMC, before conducting any such operations, they inform the local police and request necessary force from them. However, in order to avoid any violent encounter between the police and the local residents, the civic body has proposed to use drones.

On numerous instances, while demolishing illegal structures, especially slums, the local residents have opposed the civic body's operations. These oppositions have turned violent as well some times.

On February 11, the civic body had cleared 95 unauthorised structures on the banks of Dahisar river and rehabilitated around 35 (33 residential and two commercial) project affected people (PAP) at Mira Road. The demolition drive was undertaken as a part of a project to widen the Dahisar river. BMC is now constructing a retention wall measuring 225 metres with the help of the Stormwater Drains department.

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During which, BMC had deployed drones for the first time on an experimental basis. The plan seems to have been successful for BMC as they managed to conduct the entire process without any hassle.

After January 15, BMC has demolished 10 unauthorised structures at Dahisar, 25 at Vikhroli, 35 at Bhandup, 61 at LBS Road, 95 at Dahisar and Goregaon.

In the meantime, the civic body has also decided to take action against illegal eateries. Regarding the same, BMC Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi had recently appeared before the Bombay High Court. Pardeshi had informed the court that BMC had sought help from the Maharashtra government to make the civic body more powerful to act against illegal eateries in Mumbai.

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