The anti-encroachment wing of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) on Monday continued its drive against illegal constructions within the 900-metre radius of the air force ammunition depot in Sector 17.
MCG officials razed as many as five under-construction houses in the area. The drive was carried out in the presence of a 200-strong police force in the wake of a recent mob attack on anti-encroachment officials.
MCG joint commissioner YK Garg said that all the structures were fresh constructions.
On December 12 last year, a demolition drive by the MCG in Sector 17 had taken a violent turn when the locals protesting the corporation's move set two official SUVs and a bulldozer on fire and broke window panes of a PCR van.
The high court had ordered the authorities to do a fresh demarcation of areas falling under the 900 metre radius of the ammunition depot. Many industrial and commercial structures have come up in the protected region over the years.
Earlier this month, MCG formed an anti-encroachment enforcement wing that is vested with powers of carrying out demolition drives against illegal structures. The nine-member team, which came into effect on January 2, will work independently. Senior town planner BK Saini has been made the head of the enforcement wing.
The dedicated team has been created for the first time to carry intensive demolition drive and check upcoming illegal constructions. The senior town planner is assisted by four sub-divisional officers, an executive engineer and three junior engineers.
The need of a separate enforcement team was felt after it was found that the development department, which was earlier doing the job, was over burdened with the enforcement duties.