There’s a midnight revolution of sorts underway in Faridabad. Here, when the city’s residents are fast asleep, the district administration is hard at work—removing encroachments in the city.
Every night, a team of senior officers of Faridabad district, led by Deputy Commissioner Praveen Kumar, along with adequate men and machinery, go on a massive anti-encroachment drive. Last Wednesday, the squad razed encroachments on both sides of the market in sectors 7 and 10.
And it’s not just the encroachers who are facing the music—the deputy commissioner has also been slapping hefty fines against those found polluting the environment.
Before any action is taken, the DC visits a particular sector or colony regularly for a few days around 5am and spends the morning hearing the problems of that particular area. In some areas, officers of all the departments are summoned at a particular place where the publich is also invited and efforts are made to address their problems on the spot.
“We can not remain mute spectator to the public miseries,” said DC Kumar, adding, “we are public servants and have to do whatever possible to minimise miseries of the public.”
Late on Wednesday night, Kumar saw a shopkeeper burning some waste. Since the DC was monitoring the anti-encroachment drive in Sector 7-10 markets, he rushed to that shop and fined the shopkeeper Rs 1000 and Rs 50 to his helper for polluting environment. The shopkeeper’s repeated pleas to spare him from the penalty did not have any impact on Kumar and the fine was collected on the spot. Kumar also reprimanded the shopkeeper for burning the waste, saying it has an adverse impact on public health.
Kumar was accompanied by SDM Yashpal Yadav and city magistrate Pradeep Godhara. Around 12 midnight, Kumar reached Ajronda area for a surprise check on the work being done at the garbage dumping ground that will be converted into a park. He spent hours together there.
It may be mentioned a few days ago Kumar had a miraculous escape when he received an electric shock during a public grievance redressal meeting in SGM Nagar area.
“I was attending to the grievances of the people in the wee hours in SGM Nagar area. The crowd surged and I was pushed towards a transformer due to which I received a mild electric shock,” Kumar said.
“I called the power officials and directed them to fence the transformer immediately as it could cause major catestrophe,” Kumar said. “We immediately swung into action and fenced the transformer,” said Pramod Kumar, Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), NH4, Faridabad.