Rajahmundry: Municipal commissioner Sumit Kumar Gandhi asked the owners of old buildings to demolish them voluntarily for their safety and well-being.
At a meeting with authorities from the town planning department here on Monday, the municipal commissioner discussed steps being taken to see that old and dilapidated buildings are removed for the safety of people. He said that as many as 140 such structures have been identified that are located at Aryapuram, Thummalova, Innispeta, Vankayalavari Street and near the railway station among other areas in the city. He underlined the need to demolish these structure before they collapse and possibly cause huge loss to life and property of residents. This would aslso ensure safety for neighbours and their property.
In a warning to the property owners, the municipal commissioner declared that if the anything happens to these house like a collapse, the civic authorities would not take any responsibility.
Meanwhile, the town planning authorities informed the municipal commissioner that they had served notices to owners of all the old buildings to abandon them immediately.
Meanwhile, owners of one of the old building at Kummarivari Street on Division No. 28 started demolishing their building voluntarily.
The civic authorities, meanwhile, as part of their drive to clear encroachments on public roads, started demolishing the steps and railings of houses and commercial establishments to facilitate free flow of traffic in the city....