The municipal Corporation of Ghaziabad has launched a massive demolition campaign against illegal constructions in posh residential colonies.
The corporation has also issued notices to over 1,000 property owners who have covered drains with ramps or built garden-like structures on public land.
"The demolition of illegal structures will be intensified from June 26. We are forced to take stern action against encroachments. People have made concrete extensions to accommodate their vehicles on public land. The drains remain covered permanently. Our staff cannot carry out the cleaning process, especially during the monsoon season, and residents blame the corporation for water-logging," Municipal Commissioner Ajay Shanker Pandey said.
The corporation had launched a massive advertising campaign to remove ramps and fencing from roads. After the agency threatened police action against erring residents, many people demolished the encroachments themselves. The corporation carried out demolitions in Brij Vihar, Surya Nagar, Chander Nagar and Ambedkar Road.
Officials said 274 residents were served notices in Surya Nagar. 200 more notices will be issued in the area. "Some people have been demolishing the encroachments on their own. The estimated penalty, once collected, will amount to crores of rupees," said SK Maheshwari of the area residents' welfare association.
The corporation has setup five teams to cover Kavi Nagar, Mohan Nagar, Ghaziabad City, Vasundhara and Vijay Nagar and submit a report on the illegal structures. During the campaign, yellow cards will be issued to defaulters and fines will be levied on people who have made illegal encroachments on corporation land, senior officials said.