The sword of Damocles continues to hang over scores of residents of over 12 villages located around the Urban Estate Mohali with the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) issuing notices to provide documents of their claims regarding structures declared illegal by the authorities.
GMADA Additional Chief Administrator has asked 12 persons to submit their documents showing the age of the land they have been occupying illegally within a week before the competent authorities or face the music.Following directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on a writ petition (Jaideep Singh and Others v/s Government of Punjab and others) on March 30, this year, GMADA had issued eviction notices to scores of residents in Ballomajra, Badmajra, Balongi, Daun, Behlolpur, Jhampur, Raipur, Seonk, Perch, Karoran, Nadda and some others located around the Urban Estate Mohali.
The notices were issued to the persons to vacate the houses, showrooms, shops and other structures they have constructed illegally within 10 days or face demolition. In response to the notices, considerable number of violators had failed a petition in the court claiming that the construction of their property in question was very old and was not in violation of any act.Taking a note of their petition the High Court had issued directions to the GMADA file report revealing the status of the construction like how old were these illegal constructions.
GMADA has asked the petitioners to submit their authenticated documents proving the age of their illegal structures within a week to Estate Officer (Regulatory), PUDA Bhawan Mohali.In case the petitioners fail to submit the documents within stipulated time, the authorities will assume that they petitioners do not possess the necessary documents and an assessment report of their illegal construction would be submitted in the High Court.
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