BHUBANESWAR: The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) will use 'controlled blast' to raze illegal portions of a building in the city for the first time, more than a year after it announced to use the technology in January 2013.
The BDA has identified a multi-storey structure at Madhusudan Nagar where it would make use of the 'implosion method'. The method allows razing of illegal portions of a building without harming the authorized parts through use of a detonator.
Vice-chairman of BDA Vishal Dev on Wednesday wrote a letter to commissioner of police R P Sharma, seeking permission for using explosives to demolish the structure. "You are requested to accord administrative permission in favour of BDA to procure the explosive materials (power gel-90 and electric detonator) and use of the same by its consultant (Sarwate) for demolition of the unauthorized portion of the building (plot 889)," Dev wrote in the letter.
S B Sarwate, an Indore-based explosion expert, has used the method to raze over 200 buildings in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan, official sources said.
Secretary, BDA, Srikant Kabi said the agency has made all preparations to execute the technique. "We will decide on the date once police give us permission to use the explosives," he said.
The BDA has started a drive against illegal structures in the city. Recently, it razed a building at Jaydev Vihar and another at Kharavela Nagar using bulldozers. The state government has identified around 140 illegal buildings in the city.