The matter of demolition of 22 shops adjoining a temple at Talaab Bazar took a political turn on Tuesday as leaders from different political parties took contrary views on the issue.
While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were of the view that the shops should be spared from demolition, Congressmen said the shops should be razed immediately as they caused waterlogging in the area during rainy season.
Spokesperson for Congress councillors, Parminder Mehta, said the shops had resulted in various issues for the area, including blocking rain water during monsoon. “MC should take strict action against the 22 illegal shops, and demolish them as soon as possible,” said Mehta.
He said the area had started facing waterlogging only after these shops were constructed years ago.
On the other hand, district BJP president Praveen Bansal said collection of rain water in the area had nothing to do with the shops.
“The nullah that runs under these shops is covered till the end. Thereafter, it opens up in Buddha nullah. There is no relation between accumulation of rain water and shops,” said Bansal.
MC officials had gone to the area on March 21 to demolish the shops on the orders of Punjab and Haryana high court, but had returned following protests by the shopkeepers.
Later, former BJP minister Satpal Gosain held a meeting with MC commissioner RK Verma on Monday to urge him to defer the demolition.
An MC official said the commissioner would take further action after going through the record of these shops.