The development authorities here have decided to demolish 195 apartment and high-rise buildings that have come up on government and private land without the approval of regulatory bodies.
Housing and urban development minister Puspendra Singh Deo, in a written reply to a question in the Assembly, said 583 apartment and high-rise buildings had come up in violation of the laws.
“The Bhubaneswar Development Authority has approached the court for demolition of these apartments. Many of these cases are under subjudice. However, the court has passed the order to demolish 195 apartment and high-rise buildings,” Singh Deo told the Assembly.
He also said 339 out of those apartments had come up after 2009. However, sources said, the lack of adequate manpower and machinery has stalled the development authority’s plans of carrying out the demolition work.