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Over 300 encroachments identified in Doon, notices to be issued to squatters

As many as 114 encroachments were found between the Clock Tower and Prince Chowk, 57 from Prince Chowk to Matawala Bagh, 133 from Matawala Bagh to Niranjanpur Mandi, 50 from Mandi to Shimla Bypass tri-junction and 20 from the tri-junction to Turner Road.

dehradun Updated: May 13, 2017 20:50 IST
Neha Pant
A street vendor sells goods outside a shop that has been marked for encroachment near Clock Tower in Dehradun.
A street vendor sells goods outside a shop that has been marked for encroachment near Clock Tower in Dehradun. (Vinay Santosh Kumar)

Following urban development minister Madan Kaushik’s inspection and warning of action against officials last Sunday, local authorities jumped into action to identify over 300 encroachments in the Uttarakhand capital.

Swinging in to action, officials of multiple departments, under the leadership of the district administration, identified over 374 encroachers along a six-kilometer stretch from the Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) to the Clock Tower, which was inspected by the minister on May 7.

As many as 114 encroachments were found between the Clock Tower and Prince Chowk, 57 from Prince Chowk to Matawala Bagh, 133 from Matawala Bagh to Niranjanpur Mandi, 50 from Mandi to Shimla Bypass tri-junction and 20 from the tri-junction to Turner Road. These include both government and private encroachments.

Notices will now be served to the squatters to remove encroachments, officials said.

“Based on the identification process, we will now start issuing notices to the encroachers who will be given time to remove encroachments on their own. If they fail to do so, we will go ahead and demolish them,” sub divisional magistrate (sadar) Vineet Kumar, who is the nodal officer for the campaign, told Hindustan Times on Saturday.

It is worth recalling that on May 7, Kaushik had conducted an extensive inspection from the ISBT to the Clock Tower in an open e-rickshaw during which he asked officials to take immediate action against encroachments.

“Removal of encroachments will not only help streamline sluggish traffic movement in congested parts of the city but will also free up heavily encroached footpaths for pedestrians,” urban development minister Madan Kaushik told HT.

Locals, however, questioned why the authorities only swing into action when reprimanded by their higher-ups. “If only the officials worked proactively on their own, without waiting to be pulled up by their seniors, the situation (encroachments) would have been much better by now,” said Rakesh Tiwari, a resident of Patel Nagar.