The public coffers of the city of Rio de Janeiro needed to disburse R$420 million in the last three years with the demolition of irregular constructions in the capital. A survey carried out by the Public Order Secretariat (SEOP) shows that, since 2021, more than three thousand buildings have been demolished without authorization in the city, 70% of which are in areas dominated by organized crime.
On the morning of this Wednesday (22), a seven-story building, built in a location where urban planning parameters only allow buildings of up to two floors, began to be demolished in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, in the west zone of the city. The region holds the record for actions of this type.
From the outside, the building, which occupies an area of approximately 500 m² close to Comunidade do Terreirão, looked like an ordinary residential building, with 48 apartments. However, the internal images, taken by SEOP, show that five of the floors were in the finishing phase and the last one still had structures being built.
“We know that this militia in the region uses the illegal real estate market as a form of money laundering, as a way of profiting, so it is a way for the city hall to also contribute to this financial suffocation of organized crime. (…) These are constructions without any type of security, license or authorization, and we also fulfill the mission of ordering the city, and we will continue doing this work, especially in the west zone, where this type of illegality ends up being more frequent”, he emphasizes the Secretary of Public Order of Rio, Brenno Carnevale.
According to SEOP, those responsible for this building had already been notified about the construction embargo and still accelerated construction. City Hall engineers estimate a loss of R$13 million to the builders.
This Wednesday’s action (22) was in partnership with the Specialized Action Group for Combating Organized Crime (GAECO), from the Public Ministry, which aims to investigate possible signs of the practice of environmental crimes and criminal organizations and, thus, promoting the criminal liability of those responsible for illegal construction.
The demolition also had the support of agents from the Municipal Guard, Comlurb, Light, Cedae, Rio Luz, the Housing Secretariat and the MPRJ Security and Intelligence Coordination.
Source: CNN Brasil
I’m James Harper, a highly experienced and accomplished news writer for World Stock Market. I have been writing in the Politics section of the website for over five years, providing readers with up-to-date and insightful information about current events in politics. My work is widely read and respected by many industry professionals as well as laymen.