Buoyed over the tough stance taken by urban development minister Azam Khan against encroachments and his proposed law making the practice a punishable offence, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation officials gathered the courage to lodge FIR against 10 encroachers in Aminabad where the problem of encroachment is maximum, on Tuesday.
According to reports, these encroachers had not only put up their stalls on road around Jhandewala Park but also occupied a portion of the historic park.
This was causing hassles in smooth movement of traffic. A powerful lobby of squatters backed by a local MLA was protecting them till date against the action by the civic body.
“These FIRs are just the beginning after the directives from the urban development department. The FIRs have been lodged under section 26 of Lucknow Municipal Corporation Act, and many more FIRs would be lodged on Wednesday against encroachers around the same area,” said tax fixation officer of LMC zone I Shridhar Yadav.
“The high court has already directed us to remove encroachments around Jhandewala park, but these encroachers were keeping their goods inside the park boundaries despite being warned a number of times by the corporation,” said Yadav.
Municipal commissioner Rakesh Kumar Singh said strict action would be initiated against the encroachers soon.
“The officials have marked some areas like Chowk , Aminabad, Charbagh, Alambagh, Latouche road, Kaiserbagh, Nazirabad, Naka Hindola and Aishbagh, where footpaths have totally gone missing and now the encroachers are expanding on the roads too. In the past, the encroachments were removed but they re-emerged. But now after the directives by the urban development minister, it would be duty of the area’s station officer (SO) to check encroachments once they are removed,” said Singh.
The municipal commissioner said the corporation would also initiate strict action against such advertisers who have not removed their hoardings despite several warnings.