Chandigarh: To make Panchkula a slum free city, was one of the initiative taken up by the authorities but somehow it has been linking to a downward direction as after the removal of some slums in the city, the same has again been prevailing all around on the government land and the authorities are still not taking up the issue strictly. However the slum dwellers are also encroaching on HUDA (Haryana Urban Development Authority) land and outside various shops of the authority which are lying vacant and some are even living illegally in a unalloted Shop-Cum-Office (SCO) too.
However the foundation stone of the Sector 14 market where a large number of encroachments is still carried by the slum dwellers was laid in 1998 by then Chief Minister, Bansi Lal and only a few shops are being occupied while the other sites remain vacant. Over the years, people from various districts of Uttar Pradesh have occupied the market place and put up shacks. HUDA has somewhere failed in their attempt to remove these slums from the city.
State Minister and Local MLA Gian Chand Gupta said: ‘’the encroachment drive has again started by the authorities (HUDA) and all the slums prevailing in the city will be removed as they are on the government land. Not even a single slum or hutments will be allowed in the sectors.’
However after repeated attempts, HUDA Estate Officer Virat did not respond to the phone calls.
Meanwhile HUDA planned to make Panchkula slum-free city by providing flats to slum dwellers under a scheme but the certain stratagem has been downgraded as per the recent conditions in the city as the local people are also complaining about the
same. According to the biometric survey which was conducted in 2010 to ascertain population which showed 7,000 population of Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and on basis of the census, work was started to construct flats under which currently around 2,000 flats were allotted to slum dwellers which were named by the government as Ashiana flats.
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