He once had to hit himself with a shoe during an anti-encroachment drive to pacify angry protesters. But this time, Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) administrator Praveen Kumar did all his homework before targetting a shoe manufacturing company for encroaching upon a road.
On Monday, the Huda chief demolished the boundary wall of the shoe firm which had illegally occupied the pavement of the road.
The special ‘clean the city’ drive, which was carried out jointly by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and Huda with the help of the police, continued till late evening clearing the space along the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road from Bata Chowk to Iffco Chowk.
Huda had given the 100-metre road to MCG for maintenance but clearing the encroachment on both sides of the road was a long-pending issue between the two bodies.
As Bata concretised the pavement, other shopowners also erected boundary walls and cemented the space in front of their premises, reducing the width of the road to 50 metres.
The Huda administrator had surveyed the road twice in the past fortnight. Interestingly, many shopowners had removed their goods before the demolition squad reached the spot.
In another joint operation, the public works and the district town planning department demolished 25 structures on the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road on Monday. “These structures had no approved building plans. Despite several reminders, they did not comply with guidelines,” said Dilbag Singh, district town planner (enforcement).