The district administration, under its drive against unauthorised constructions in the city, has demolished 13 shops along Sohna Road in the past two days.
“No new construction is allowed in restricted areas. We served notices to these shops, but they did not comply,” said Dilbag Singh, district town planner (enforcement).
These shops were under construction. The district town planning (DTP) department had served them notices to stop construction about a month ago for violating the controlled areas Act, which does not allow any fresh construction in restricted area around state and national highways. The enforcement wing, which faced strong resistance from the shop owners and locals, demolished all the 13 shops and warned others not to violate rules.
For the DTP (enforcement), hundreds of existing constructions are still under observation of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which in 2007 had directed the authorities to remove such structures as per Section 3 of the Punjab Scheduled Roads and Controlled Areas Restriction of Unregulated Development Act 1963.
However, amnesty came from the state government in December 2011 which asked the existing construction owners to apply with competent authority and pay required fees to get regularization certificates.
“But new construction is not allowed at all,” added Singh, who was forced to call police on the site to control protesters.