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    Allahabad HC restrains Ghaziabad Development Authority from demolition in slum area – The Hindu - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Bench says it is the responsibility of the State to protect the weak during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The Allahabad High Court has restrained the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) from carrying out demolition in a slum area in Ghaziabad, noting that the State should have offered a place to rehabilitate the residents before their eviction and demolition of their houses.

    It would also be appropriate to state that when the entire globe is facing a pandemic, it is the responsibility of the State to protect everyone, more specifically the population of weaker sections from any hardship that may aggravate their plight adversely, the court stated.

    It was hearing a petition seeking directions to the GDA to not undertake any further demolition and or eviction of residents of Bhovapur Basti behind Radisson Blue Hotel, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

    In an order dated October 21, a Bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddhartha Varma, while granting time to the GDA to file a counter affidavit, directed it not to proceed with the demolition till further orders.

    The court also issued directions to provide temporary shelter to the residents of Bhovapur Basti whose houses have already been demolished and see to the viability of providing houses under the Pradhan Mantri Avas Yojna. All necessary arrangements should also be made as a temporary measure by the GDA to provide essential amenities, including light and water, to the residents.

    The residents should also be extended all necessary medical facilities, the court said, and listed the next date for November 18 when the GDA would have to propose a complete plan for rehabilitation of the residents.

    As per the petition, the basti came into existence in 1990 and labourers from different parts of the country live there. Some are involved in rag-picking.

    The counsel for the petitioners had argued that the residents could not be evicted without providing them an alternative place of residence as prescribed under the Proviso to Section 26-A of the Uttar Pradesh Planning and Development Act, 1973.

    Since the residents hailed from the lower section of society and looking to the need for rehabilitation of such persons, the State Legislature under the Act of 1973 protected their right of residence under the Proviso to Section 26-A, the petitioners had said.

    The petitioners also prayed that the court direct the GDA and the State to undertake the complete rehabilitation of all the residents and pay 20,000 to each of them as compensation for unlawful demolition undertaken on September 30 and October 9.

    As per the petitioner, the District Administration, Ghaziabad, at the instance of Ghaziabad Development Authority was continuously making efforts to remove the residents without providing them any alternative land for their rehabilitation.

    The petitioners asserted that on October 9, some of the houses were damaged as an effort was made to evict the residents.

    Apprehending complete demolition of houses, the writ was filed.

    A.Q. Zaidi, counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioners, said that about 150 houses had already been demolished by the GDA. According to the counsel, the residents whose houses have been demolished have no roof to protect themselves and they are living in the open.

    While opposing the writ, the lawyer appearing on behalf of the GDA stated that whatever action taken by the Authority was in compliance of the directions given by the High Court on September 22, 2015 in PIL 2014 of 2015. It was also further by the administration stated that the residents of Bhovapur Basti were trespassers and, therefore, the encroachment made by them should be removed.

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    Ship Demolition Activity Finding It Hard To Recover – Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Ships recycling has taken a turn in favor of ship owners, as scarce tonnage has forced yards to compete for tonnage, leading to higher prices. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas said that a new week but unfortunately this did not relate to a fresh deluge of tonnage for Buyers to ingrain themselves into and instead has meant that those vessels that have been circulated, have received positive competition resulting in each sale raising eyebrows to the benefit of Owners as price levels continue to remain firm and bubble just below the USD 400/per ldt mark in India and Pakistan. This is another situation to watch closely as the respective recycling destinations tussle for the market tonnage and increase their prices accordingly, often if Indian Buyers like a specific type of vessel they will pay whatever is needed to obtain it, but certainly indications from the Indian recyclers have narrowed towards the rates from Pakistan.

    Source: Clarkson PLC

    According to Clarkson Platou Hellas, interestingly, the Bangladesh Cartel has lasted yet another week as it tries to control the sharp price increases in the market and create a level playing field. Although with India and Pakistan being more attractive at present, they will soon need to increase their threshold to remain competitive and refrain from losing too much tonnage to its neighbouring counterparts. In Turkey, prices continue to maintain some common ground as they too are starting to see the number of available units for them diminish in the market, creating an ultra-competitive market place for any Owner with tonnage in the Mediterranean or North Continent. However those yards that have obtained EU approval are continuously bogged down with approaches and are now finding themselves fully booked for even Q1 of 2021, unless yards are given approval by the end of the year to ease capacity in the region, the shipbroker concluded.

    Source: Clarkson PLC

    In a separate report this week, GMS (, GMS said that the worlds leading cash buyer of ships, said thatAfter weeks of uncertainty following the formation of a cartel in Bangladesh and the ongoing volatility in competing markets (i.e. India & Pakistan), subcontinent prices finally appear to have somewhat settled this week. As the troublesome winter months approach and Covid-19 cases continue to rise across the globe, the focus has once again fallen on Europe where second spikes are being witnessed. In many areas, more cases and hospitalizations are being reported than before the lockdowns began in March April time, in further concerning developments over the recent past. Markets therefore remain somewhat on edge, as the seemingly unending search for a vaccine goes on and the economic fallout from the first round of lockdowns continues to be felt worldwide, the shipbroker said.

    GMS added that there is also the uncertainty regarding the upcoming U.S. election (to be determined in November) and how long it may take to announce a winner with absentee voting, now likely to be required to register votes with Covid-19 still surging in the U.S. Supply into subcontinent markets for recycling has slowed over this last month or so, as charter markets particularly in the container and dry bulk sectors pick up again after a largely woeful first half of the year. At the far end, the Turkish market seems to have finally stabilized this week, with scrap steel imports firming up marginally and the Lira though weaker, has also been stable this week. In other news this week, GMS successfully concluded their fourth webinar in their Leadership series on the Hong Kong Convention and the role of Japan & Norway in making the first progressive steps in encouraging developments in the subcontinent and we would like to thank all those who tuned in once again, GMS concluded.

    Source: GMS Leadership

    Nikos Roussanoglou, Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

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    WATCH: Demolition work starts to tear down eyesore West Bromwich car park – - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Demolition work has started to tear down the eyesore multi-storey car park in West Bromwich town centre

    The 1970s-built Queen Square Car Park, in Bull Street, is being demolished to make way for a mixture of homes, leisure and retail facilities.

    Despite the Covid-19 crisis causing havoc on town centres, the investment programme agreed by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Sandwell Council is pressing ahead, kick starting plans to revitalise the centre of West Bromwich.

    The heavy demolition machinery has already begun to tear down the multi-storey car park.

    The WMCA has helped to make the regeneration scheme possible by providing funding to cover the demolition costs.

    Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said Even before coronavirus struck, high streets were struggling to keep up with changing shopping habits and the fast rise of online retailers. The pandemic and subsequent lockdown and restrictions has only served to exasperate that, and it is clear a major rethink is needed.

    I still firmly believe that town centres and high streets can be the beating heart of communities once again, but they need to move away from being so retail-focused and look to diversify their offering.

    "That means more homes, public services, offices, and start-up spaces, combined with better transport links and safety measures.

    Here at the WMCA we are trying to help facilitate that change through our town centre taskforce, and the demolition of Bull Street car park to make way for a mix of new homes, leisure and retail is a prime example of what we are trying to achieve.

    Work such as this also helps to create and protect local jobs at what is a very challenging time economically due to coronavirus.

    Sandwell Council's deputy leader, Councillor Maria Crompton, added: Here in Sandwell, as all over the country, Covid-19 has disrupted so much and put so many demands on our resources that authorities have had to put important work on hold.

    But we are still pressing ahead with our key projects despite that we still have to look to the future, especially for our young people.

    Creating better economic prospects is vital and this regeneration and development will be home to a thriving new residential and business community in the heart of town, with more greenery and safe open spaces.

    It will bring local jobs and opportunities and I look forward to working together on many more projects across the borough.

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    HSVP carries out demolition drive in Sector 57 – Hindustan Times - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) on Wednesday carried out a demolition drive in Sector 57 to clear out 30 plots on a piece of land, which have been encroached upon by private individuals over the last few years. The land, which was acquired by HSVP from local villagers, has been stuck in litigation for the last one-and-a-half decade. Last month, the Punjab and Haryana High Court gave the order in HSVPs favour. This has now enabled the authority to hand over the possession of these plots to the allottees who are the rightful owners, said HSVP officials.

    On Wednesday morning, a team of HSVP officials demolished 22 temporary residential structures, 50 tenements and two shops amid strong resistance and protest by residents and locals. Vivek Kalia, estate officer, HSVP, Gurugram, said that these plots had been encroached upon. However, after the high courts verdict, the plots will now be handed over to the rightful owners. The enforcement team started the work to remove the encroachments in the morning, said Kalia, adding that due to the HC verdict in its favour, the authority would be able to hand over more than 800 plots, which were earlier stuck due to litigation.

    The enforcement team was led by SK Rana, sub-divisional engineer, survey, and Kartar Singh, naib tehsildar, who was the duty magistrate, while a large police team supported the authority officials during the drive.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Kalia said encroachments were also removed from sectors 27 and sector 43 dividing roads. A number of complaints had been made by residents regarding the encroachments on main roads. Action was taken against the violators and they would not be allowed on these roads again, said Kalia.

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    Residents Clash With Police in Bubq Over Home Demolition – Exit – Explain Albania - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Dozens of residents in the village of Bubq in Fush-Kruj clashed with police on Thursday after opposing the demolition of several buildings.

    Police have gone to the scene to help the National Inspectorate of TerritorialDefensecontinue its work.They accompanied some of the residents to the police station.

    One of the families that opposes the demolition of their building is the Xhaferri family, which explained that their house was not damaged by the earthquake and is not a part of the reconstruction project.

    The Xhaferri family own a large multi-floored building and as well as living there, they rent space to the local health centre, a kindergarten, an NGO and other businesses. They said they dont know why it is being demolished as its not damaged and that they have not received any compensation for it.

    The family also asked for time for the matter to be taken to court but this was ignored.

    Fjal kye: Albania, demolition, earthquake

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    Demolition of ‘eyesore’ in Ipswich dealyed – East Anglian Daily Times - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    PUBLISHED: 11:30 23 October 2020

    Will Jefford

    Geest House, opposite Chantry Park, which is due to be knocked down for a new housing development. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS


    An eyesore office building which has been left empty since 2014 is still yet to be demolished, a year after planners gave designs for a new housing estate the green light.

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    The building, which used to house Geest Line, a shipping company based in Suffolk, has stood unused on Hadleigh Road in Ipswich for the past six years.

    The derelict building has been an eye-sore for years, however, locals were buoyed when Babergh District Council accepted plans to demolish the building and replace it with seven homes.

    The new estate, together with parking and landscaping, will stand on a 0.21 hectare area of land which will be accessible from the main road.

    However, before the building can be demolished, applicants Eyton Developments Limited need to satisfy a number of conditions set out by planners.

    Despite tackling a number of the outstanding issues, the development company is still to provide details about contamination and surface water discharge, as well as some ecology matters, according to the council.

    These details are often complicated and can take years to complete. Eyton Developments have until July 2022 to start work on the new estate.

    Permission had previously been granted for the building to be converted to 13 flats in March 2018 however, in a change of plans, it will now be brought to the ground.

    Eyton Developments Limited say it will deliver an attractive enduring place which is related well to its built and natural context and location.

    The company says that it will achieve its objective by using good quality facing materials to build well-proportioned buildings and spaces.

    It is proposed that the estate will be made up of six, three bed houses which will all be semi-detached and a single five bed home which will stand alone.

    The larger home will be accessed by Elton Park access road to the west of the site while the others will use Hadleigh Road.

    The new seven properties will be added to an existing eight homes which have already been built on land to the rear of the former office block.

    At the time of the application, district councillor for Sproughton and Pinewood Zac Norman, said: This development is something we are quite positive about.

    That building has been empty for God knows how long.

    Its an eyesore and its a good thing that it will be replaced by something that will be in keeping with the area.

    The main thing that people want is for that area to be used.

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    Demolition of structures to begin at Central and Girard – UNM Newsroom - October 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Beginning the week Oct.19, The University of New Mexico Facilities Management (FM) will oversee the demolition of the wall structures at the corner of Central Avenue and Girard Boulevard. FM has contracted a local construction company to complete the work which will take approximately two weeks.

    During this time, campus users can expect to see workers and construction equipment moving in and out of the area. Temporary safety fencing will be erected, though caution should be used when traveling near this intersection.

    This corner of campus was the subject of a community survey issued by UNM Planning, Design and Construction in the spring of this year. Due to more pressing issues design efforts have been paused, however, the completion of design efforts will begin soon.

    The decision by UNM leadership to move forward with demolition pending further improvements was made to address public safety concerns associated with the current structures.

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    Cardinals’ demolition of the Cowboys leaves no room for debate: This Dallas team is broken – The Dallas Morning News - October 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    ARLINGTON Maybe now skeptics have a better understanding of what Dak Prescott means to this team.

    And please, put an end to the assumption that the Cowboys will win the NFC East by default, no matter how many players they lose or how poorly they perform. No one of sound mind and body can cling to that delusion after Arizonas 38-10 victory at AT&T Stadium.

    Monday nights demolition left no room for debate: this team is broken. The only question over the final 10 games is if its irrevocable.

    Weve got to play better, quarterback Andy Dalton said after Dallas fell to 2-4. "At the end of the day, the record is what it is. The division is what it is.

    Its still early. Theres a lot of football left to play.

    Its true that the Cowboys have been forced to endure more than their fair share of injuries. The team couldnt even make it through the first quarter of this game before losing Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin to a concussion.

    Injuries have taken a staggering physical toll. It would be disingenuous to say it hasnt impacted the teams ability to compete.

    But the primary concern at the moment should be the teams mental state.

    The mental and the emotional gain and growth is always the last component to come and develop to the level you need to be successful, head coach Mike McCarthy said. "Obviously, ours is not where it needs to be right now.

    We havent handled the adversity in games. Its an unfortunate part of the game when players do get injured, but we had a chance to prepare for this team and you have to overcome the adverse situations that come up in the game.

    Prescotts presence covered a multitude of sins. He wasnt perfect. His seven turnovers helped dig the early hole this team finds itself, a hole the Cardinals were only too happy to shovel dirt on Monday night.

    But Prescott kept this team competitive. He gave the Cowboys a chance to overcome mistakes to win. He made big plays, masked the teams glaring deficiencies in the offensive line and kept his teammates from losing confidence while they were losing.

    Dalton did none of that.

    Not to be rude, but no assessments for you tonight, McCarthy said when asked to assess Daltons performance. "We all understand what the score is.

    Most importantly, I didnt coach very well. We have a continuing issue with ball security on our football team.

    The Cowboys turned the ball over four times in Mondays loss. Thats 15 turnovers for the season.

    Weve got to get that fixed, Dalton said "It affects how were able to play.

    The ball is the most important thing. We cant be handing it to the other team.

    Dalton found himself forced to play from behind as Prescott had done all season. He wasnt nearly as prolific.

    The veteran quarterback completed 34-of-54 passes for 266 yards. He threw one touchdown late in the game, when the outcome was no longer in doubt, and had two interceptions.

    I mean, there are things that I can do better, Dalton said. "I know that.

    Im always going to be my worst critic.

    An offense that averaged 36.5 points in the previous four games had only three points on the board entering the final three minutes of this blowout. Unlike Prescott, Dalton was unable to buy time with his feet when protection broke down to make big plays down the field.

    Dalton was sacked three times for 19 yards. But that doesnt tell the full story. He was under duress all evening, preventing the offense from finding any sort of rhythm.

    They pressured us a lot tonight, Dalton said.

    Now keep this in mind. Arizonas defensive front isnt nearly as good as Washington, the Cowboys next opponent.

    The early over/under for sacks allowed in that game should be set at six.

    This was arguably the most favorable stretch of the season for Dallas. The Cowboys enjoyed three consecutive games at home for only the fifth time since theyve called AT&T Stadium home.

    They responded by losing two of the three.

    Leighton Vander Esch returned to the field for the first time since fracturing his collarbone in the season opener. The linebacker maintains he and his teammates remain strong mentally and rejects the assertion that once this group encounters adversity, it suffers from here we go again syndrome.

    I dont even like that question, honestly, and Im not going to answer it, Vander Esch said. There wont be any of that negative energy, regardless.

    Negative energy? Its impossible to avoid at this point.

    Even the pathetic NFC East offers no solace.

    Im irritated with the way we performed, McCarthy said when asked about still leading the division.

    We need to get this turnover ratio right.

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    Roosevelt Middle School demolition project is making headway this week – YourErie - October 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Posted: Oct 19, 2020 / 05:45 PM EDT / Updated: Oct 19, 2020 / 06:07 PM EDT

    The Roosevelt Middle School demolition project is making headway this week.

    Most of the schools interior has been cleared out and later this week there will be noticable changes to the exterior.

    Executive Director of Operations for the Erie School District, Neal Brockman said as soon as Wednesday the building could be demolished.

    Its unclear though how long the demolition process will take.

    The interior of the building has been pretty well cleaned out actually as far as getting any leftover debris that was inside the building out. Wednesday or Thursday is when theyre going to start demolishing the outside of the building, said Neal Brockman, Executive Director of Operations for the Erie School District.

    We will keep you updated with what the demolition project looks like throughout the week.

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    Trees in East River Park Marked for Demolition – Bowery Boogie - October 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Photo: Tommy Loeb

    Over a thousand trees will be uprooted later this fall when the city commences its demolition and redevelopment of East River Park.

    Faux demolition flyers now dot the park to raise awareness of the impending arborcide for the controversial resiliency project. The bright-red bills announce trees as marked for demolition by the mayor and City Council. No doubt a campaign to further sway public opinion against the citys plans.

    As previously reported, the East Side Coastal Resiliency (official name) effort will take a minimum of five years to complete, and is intended tostrengthen the coastline between Montgomery and 25th Streets. Itll beimplemented on a two-phase schedule. So, rather than closing the entire park, area residents will have access to roughly half the park. Initial work commences sometime this fall, and will remain ongoing through 2023. But swaths of space from Delancey to Houston Streets will remain open.

    Despite vociferous criticism from Lower East Side locals, city officials maintain that this revised version (as opposed to the Big U) better protects East River Park as sea levels continue to rise due to climate change.

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