Nagpur’s most loved hangout destination – Futala Lake, which boasted of popular restaurants for years, no longer houses those eateries today. Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), along with its demolition squad, razed 20 restaurants along the lakeside today morning.
The demolition was carried out in the presence of several policemen. The eateries, which were under operation since eight years, were demolished as the lease of these restaurants had lapsed two years back (August 2016).
NIT had appointed private operator – Sell Ads – to run the demolished 20 restaurants and maintain the lake, from February 17, 2010 for five years (till February 16, 2015). The NIT still provided an extension to run the restaurants till August 16, 2016. Even post the extension period, restaurants were being run, which led the NIT to take the extreme step.
When Nation Next contacted Sunil Gujjelwar, Superintendent Engineer from NIT, he said, “A redevelopment project has been planned, which would be implemented post the razing of all 20 restaurants. The land has been handed over to Maha Metro. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has sanctioned 112 crore for the project. A tunnel would be created in place of the existing road and a viewer’s gallery with a seating capacity of 4,000 will come up over the tunnel with space for restaurants and parking.”
Watch the two videos of the demolition drive below: