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Sadar area encroachments removed: Ambala admn to HC

The Ambala district administration, on Friday, claimed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) that as per its direction all the encroachments have been removed from the markets in Sadar area, said sources in the administration.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 12, 2014 10:07 IST
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The Ambala district administration, on Friday, claimed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) that as per its direction all the encroachments have been removed from the markets in Sadar area, said sources in the administration.

On March 28, during hearing of advocate SKS Bedi’s public interest litigation (PIL) in HC for the removal of encroachments from Ambala Sadar area, Justice Mahesh Grover had ordered the administration to file action taken report on April 11. The court also had asked the present deputy commissioner Saket Kumar, past deputy commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi and then sub-divisional magistrate Mukesh Ahuja and municipal corporation secretary KK Yadav to be personally present at the court on next hearing on April 11.

A press note, issued by the district administration, claimed that the summoned officers were present at the HC during the hearing. The CDs and the photographs of the action taken by the administration were also submitted in the HC.

The note said the administration had also assured the HC that in future no encroachment would be allowed on the government land.

The sources said the petitioner pleaded at the HC that the encroachments had not been removed from all the markets. The HC reportedly asked him to submit the counter affidavit on the next date of hearing on May 23.

On April 3, the demolition squad of municipal corporation (MC) had removed permanent encroachments from over 100 shops, showrooms and eating joints in Sadar Bazar area.

The HC, on F riday, has declined to entertain the application of traders in which they had prayed that they be allowed as a party to present petition and the orders dated February 13, 2012 passed by the HC be modified so as to direct the authorities to carry out a survey to ascertain whether any encroachment has been made on the public street.

MC commissioner Saket Kumar has appealed to the shopkeepers not to encroach on government land otherwise if the corporation will slap the removal charges on the encroachers.

Petitioner advocate Bedi had prayed for the removal of encroachments and illegal constructions on government land made by private person or by MC in contravention to the zoning plan of Ambala Cantonment now known as Ambala Sadar.