MC to raze illegal structures in 6 Mohali villages

  • Jyotsna Jalali, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Oct 17, 2014 13:51 IST

To stop illegal construction of residential complexes in six villages in its periphery, the municipal corporation (MC) has asked villagers to submit building plans. The civic body has also sent the demolition notices to villagers—which has irked the latter— who have launched a protest against the move.

The notices were sent after villages including Mataour, Madanpura, Sahi Majra, Sohana and Kumbra were included into the civic body limit area earlier this year.

Though MC officials say that around 40 notices were issued to control illegal construction in villages, villagers allege hundreds of notices were issued by the MC.

Significantly, the electricity department has also been approached by the civic body to cut electricity connection of those with unapproved building plans.

Villagers comprising all six villages have also formed a joint-action committee against the MC move. The committee has told the MC to withdraw notices before October 27, following which they would accelerated the agitation.

Talking to HT, Paramdeep Singh Badwan, president, joint action committee said, “Villagers are already facing various civic problems and the MC has issued hundreds of notices. We should have been provided with facilities if the civic body wanted us to have the construction plan approved. Many villagers have even paid the fine but still, the MC is adamant of demolishing structures.”

Meanwhile, MC officials say that since these villages fall under the MC limit, residents would have to abide by norms.

Clarifying its stand, MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said, “The notices have been issued to those who have constructed buildings after these villages were included the MC area limit.”According to MC norms, anyone who wants to erect new construction needs to approve the building plan from the MC.

“However, villagers are resenting to the move because most of them are running commercial ventures in their residential properties,” Gupta added.

He also confirmed that the MC had written to the electricity department to disconnect the power connection of those with such establishments.

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