Encroachment in Atta market: Noida residents to file contempt petition

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: Apr 08, 2016 12:42 IST
Hawkers, vendors and illegally parked vehicles have encroached upon the service lane in Atta market. (Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

The federation of Noida residents’ welfare association has decided to approach the district administration to remove all encroachment from Atta Market that leads to long traffic snarls in the area, especially during peak hours.

“We are surprised that the court order is being violated by the administration. Encroachment in Atta market is a big issue for all residents,” said AN Dhawan, secretary general, federation of Noida residents’ welfare associations.

While residents approach the district magistrate, Alok Kumar, the petitioner who had moved the Allahabad high court last year, has said he has no other choice left but to file a contempt petition in the court against officials for failing to adhere to the court’s order.

In October last year, Alok Kumar had moved a petition seeking court’s direction on Atta market encroachment. The court had asked the district administration to clear pavements and the service lane as well as the main carriageway.

“Encroachment on pavements, main carriageway and the service lane is deep rooted and a big threat to the area, including the metro and its commuters. The market is located opposite Sector 18 Metro station. A number of hawkers and roadside venders have set their shops and vends there. Commuters also park their vehicles illegally on the roadside,” said Kumar.

The petitioner has written to district magistrate (DM) Gautam Budh Nagar NP Singh and city magistrate Bachhu Singh.

“Acting on the application, you had directed the concerned officers to remove encroachment during the meeting held on November 16, 2015 in your Sector 27 camp office. Even after your orders, your subordinates and police officials are flouting the directions because of which encroachment at the above stated place has continued. This fact is fortified by newspaper reports and I have personally visited the spot. Hawkers have been using gas cylinders just beneath the metro station, which is unsafe and raises security concerns for the metro as well as commuters,” said the letter.

“Therefore, I request you to take action against officers concerned and direct them to remove encroachment within a week or the applicant shall be bound to knock on the doors of the high court by filing a contempt application,” said the letter.

City magistrate Bachhu Singh, said, “Action has been taken several times against those encroaching upon pavements. However, hawkers return after a day or two. We are determined to clear the chaos as soon as possible.”

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