Ludhiana: Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana (MCL) on Thursday carried out anti-encroachment drive in the Upkar Nagar and Prem Nagar localities following the orders of Punjab and Haryana High Court and removed about 25 encroachments.
The residents were issued notices for demolishing the encroachments three day ago by MCL. Many residents themselves have started demolishing the encroachments before reaching the police and the MCL officials.
The civic body team also faced protest by some residents. Residents raised their voice not to remove religious place to which the MC officials acceded to and did not remove the religious place.
The residents wanted from the authorities concerned not to demolish encroachments with JCB machines, to avoid much damage to their properties. But, the situation became tense when few residents and political leader started arguing with the MC officials.
Municipal Commissioner, Ghanshyam Thori said that it was an old writ petition in High Court and even after decision had come in 2014 it took two years to comply with directions of the court because people kept on making appeals against the decision.
It is pertinent to mention here that a writ was filed in High Court which was disposed off in January 2014 and District and Sessions Judge was told to identify encroachments in six months and then encroachers should be given one month to demolish illegal structures of their own. And if people do not demolish the structures then Police Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Municipal Commissioner would jointly get them removed.
However, in July last year a few shopkeepers again moved to HC but that case was dismissed and court ordered that session court will look into the matter. In January 2016, the session court gave decision that it would stick to the previous orders.
Municipal Town Planner, Kamaljit Kaur informed that they had come for the demolition but when people were doing it on their own they are also giving them time to clear encroachments so that there should be lesser damage to their buildings.
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