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Huda's drive against encroachers on cards

india Updated: Mar 15, 2012 00:51 IST
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The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has warned shop owners against encroaching upon public space.

According to Huda officials, a drive would soon be launched against 'encroachers'.

On Wednesday, a team appointed by Huda administrator Praveen Kumar inspected markets at Sector 12-A and 15-II and served them notices for extending their shop up to pedestrians' corridor in front of their shops.

The Huda directive came after it was found that shopkeepers in major markets have occupied pavements and space meant for public utilities.

However, a section of shop owners have welcomed the move. But some expressed their resentment too. "We have been following Huda's guidelines. But they should also realise that we had paid for the verandah also and we use it temporarily. We do not cause inconvenience to shoppers," said a shop owner at Sector 14 market.

According to Huda officials, on non-compliance of the notice, shops' stuff can be confiscated and their owners' licences can be cancelled.

"The shop owners are not adhering to Huda's guidelines. We have noticed that most of the shop owners have extended their stuff in the verandah. There is little space for shoppers to walk. We now have served ultimatum to them. We will take strong action," said a Huda official.

Encroachment in the markets has been on top of the list of the Huda administrator, who in December and January had challaned hundreds of shop owners.

The encroachments of market areas create tension between the residents and the shop owners. The residents have been complaining that the shop owners also rent out the front corridor to small vendors.

The team also visited markets like Sector 14, Sector 9, 9-A and others and warned the erring shop owners.

Encroachment of public space has become common in various markets.

Recently, the city police refused to register a complaint filed by the Huda officials against a contractor who was running an illegal parking in Galleria Market in DLF City.