An inspector entrusted with the task of curbing encroachments in Sector 18 market is set to face 'strict action' after he was found absent from duty during MC additional commissioner Sarita Malik's surprise visit to the area on Friday. Malik took serious note of the widespread encroachments in the market.
Malik found public places, market corridors, roadside walkways and parking lots usurped by the encroachers. The area inspector Rattan Singh, who was supposed to in Sector 18, was reportedly in Sector 22.
Speaking to HT, Malik said, "We will be taking a strict action against the area inspector as he was not present in his area where encroachments were rampant. We hope that action against the official will be a lesson for others not to take their job lightly."
When asked about the nature of action, she said it would be decided on Monday, but "strict action" would be taken.
When contacted, inspector Rattan Singh admitted that he was in Sector 22 for some work. "As far as the encroachments are concerned, we issue challans, but they again come up," he said.
To keep a check on the encroachments, the UT administration had recently issued a directive saying that the officials incharge would be held accountable for encroachments in their respective areas. Senior officials such as sub-divisional magistrate (central) or a senior officer of any of the three departments have been asked to visit these areas to check violations.
Officials have been told to submit photographic and videographic reports of daily inspections to MC additional commissioner Sarita Malik.
Sub-inspectors of the MC have been directed to keep a strict watch in these areas from 10am and 9pm.
The move comes after the Punjab and Haryana high court had sought a reply from the UT and the MC over encroachments in the city. The HC had rapped the UT and the civic body for showing "a complete lack of will to curb encroachments".
Though the MC conducted 50 anti-encroachment drives and collected nearly Rs 1.2 crore as fine in 2014, it has completely failed to curb the problem.