The Municipal Corporation Gurgaon (MCG) will carry out drives to removes encroachments in sectors that were recently handed over to it.
These sectors were transferred to the civic body from the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda). The MCG’s standing committee decided to carry out extensive anti-encroachment drives to tackle snarls in the city.
Intermittent rains have severely disrupted traffic in several part of the city over the last few days.
While waterlogging is the main cause for snarls, encroachments too have reduced road space, creating bottlenecks.
It is learnt that residents and welfare associations from sectors 23 and 23A visited Amit Khatri, additional municipal commissioner, and apprised him of their problems because of encroachments.
Following the complaints, the additional commissioner supervised a drive with district town planning officials, enforcement team and the police.
Officials razed a number of shops, shanties and food stalls using earth movers. These had been illegally constructed on public land and officials confiscated and seized assets of squatters.
“Officials were given instructions to widen the main road and make arrangements to decongest the area as the illegal structures were causing inconvenience to commuters,” Khatri said.
MCG officials added that notices were also issued by the Gurgaon police to residents over illegal parking on roads leading to snarls.
During the first phase in April, MCG had taken over HUDA sectors 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7 extension, 9, 9A, 10, 10A, 12A, 14, 15 part one and two, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23 and 37 part one and two.
The following month, MCG took over the remaining sectors — 23A, 27, 28, 30 (Part), 31, 32, 33, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 (Part), 42, 43, 47, 54, 55 and 56.
The anti-encroachment drive is the first work to be done by the MCG in these sectors since their transfer two months ago.
MCG internal surveys show that approximately 670 acres, estimated to be worth `4,000 crore, has been encroached upon. Forty-eight villages, including Ghata village, Gawal Pahari, Nathupur and the areas adjoining the Delhi border, have been illegally occupied.
Citizens can report encroachments in the city on the MCG’s toll-free number — 1800-180-1817.