Ludhiana: Around 12 buildings from a total of 15 opposite to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital including dhabas and shops were sealed by the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana (MCL) authorities due to the violation of Building Bylaws.
But, the buildings were sealed with great difficulty as the Congress politicians supported few of the building owners when Assistant Town Planner (ATP), Ravneet Kaur reached the spot to seal the buildings with her team on the orders of the higher MC officials.
ATP informed that the buildings were sealed as the concerned building owners are using the residential places for the commercial purpose.
“The land of around fifteen buildings including dhabas is passed for residential purposes but these lands are being used for the commercial purposes, which is big violation of Building bylaws”, ATP informed.
MCL drive took a political colour when District Congress Committee (Urban) president, Gurpreet Singh Gogi intervened in the matter and supported the protest of few building owners on the spot. He came into the support of two-three building owners including one guest house, which made hard for the Assistant Town Planner (ATP), Ravneet Kaur to seal three buildings. Gogi said that concerned people are respected figures of Ludhiana so they should be given time to show their documents till tomorrow and if they fail to show then MCL can take action.
After a long argumentation ATP, Ravneet Kaur under political pressure gave time to three building owners till Tuesday to show their documents otherwise she ensured action against them. As other people whose dhabas and buildings were sealed alleged the “pick and choose policy” of the MCL authorities. They alleged that why the three buildings have been left only because they have a political backing. They further raised fingers on the ATP alleging that if three buildings can be given time till tomorrow to show or complete documents then why can’t they be given the extension till tomorrow by MCL.
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