What it took to raze Colony No. 5: 3 months of planning, parleys with political parties, 2,000 policemen

Nov 23 2013, 14:57 IST
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The colony, before and after demolition. The colony, before and after demolition.
SummaryAs the last structure fell, the UT Estate Office took possession of land worth more than Rs 3,000 crore.

the past, the drive would get stalled. However, the political parties were taken on board. Apart from senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan who protested and was arrested, there were no protests by political parties. While some leaders visited the site, most senior leaders of political parties stayed away.

The roads leading to the colony were sealed banning the entry of any outside vehicles. Staff was also deployed to ensure that there was no one in the hutments while these were being demolished. After realising that the drive was not going to be stalled, people started packing their belongings and shifting out. Around 2,000 policemen were deployed at the spot for maintaining law and order.

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