The Tripura state government has decided to demolish 78 ‘illegal’ structures, including offices of political parties and trade unions, in West Tripura district.

Notices have been issued to owners and claimants of buildings, who have encroached upon government lands in 78 places of West Tripura district. These include various buildings of political parties and trade unions. This was disclosed by district Magistrate Milind Ramteke.

The notice has also asked the occupants of those buildings to remove their belongings in the next seven days.The illegal buildings would be demolished in the presence of Tripura State Rifles personnel and state police after May 6.

The official further added that if required, central armed forces would also be deployed. A survey to identify these illegal structures was completed in around 25 days, he said. Ramteke said the list of illegal structures might get longer if more such buildings are found during the next seven days.

The decision to demolish illegal structures in the state was taken in a cabinet meeting. Several of these buildings, however, are not registered under any name and the notices may not serve the purpose, the district magistrate added.