The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) on Tuesday removed encroachments along the 1.5-km stretch between MDI Chowk and Iffco Chowk on Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road.
Accompanied by a strong police force, officials from the enforcement department of the MCG cleared the stretch after two-hour struggle and resistance from locals, mainly shopkeepers.
The MCG has a plan to widen the stretch, which has been reduced to 50 metres in width from the actual 100 metres. The encroachments on both sides of the road were main hindrance in executive the widening work.
“Some shopkeepers tried to halt the drive but the police presence made it successful,” said an MCG official.
“We have warned the encroachers not to repeat mistakes,” said Veena Hooda, joint commissioner, MCG, adding that the stretch is set to be widened as the biggest hurdle has been removed.
“We will write to the civil engineering wing to secure the cleared width with fencing so that our efforts do not go in vain,” said Hooda, admitting that the encroachers will again occupy the space if not secured.
The demolition squad consisting mainly of sub-divisional officer and junior engineers seized the articles spread along the road by the shopkeepers. At least five trolleys of the MCG were filled with furniture, coolers, earthen pots, cots, tools and machines.
Earlier, the MCG had cleared the encroachments in front of Bata showroom and the Management Development Institute (MDI).