Even though it’s been over one and a half months since the deadline by district court exceeded, municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) is yet to take action against the 12 illegally constructed shops, in Congress Bhawan adjacent to district administration.
The district court had pronounced judgment regarding the case on September 19. As per the judgement, the court had ordered the owners to demolish the said shops.
If the owner fails to do as directed the civic body had to demolish the shops in another 15 days and recover the cost of the said demolition from the appellants, but the civic body failed to adhere to court orders.
The petition was filed by district Congress committee against municipal commissioner and senior town planners on October 10, 2013.
The petition was filed against the MC’s orders under Section 269 of Punjab Municipal Act where it had asked as to why the illegal construction shall not be demolished.
It is to be mentioned that this is not the first time action against the establishment has been delayed.
The case has been shelved from last three years. Even the court in its orders had pointed out the lackadaisical approach of the MCJ in taking action against the establishments. “The illegal construction was raised 30 years back,” the district court order stated.
“The officers of the MCJ failed to proceed against the illegal construction because the act was done by the ruling political party at that time,” said the order.
“It was only after the enlightened public spirited citizen who filed the civil petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court, that MCJ was awakened from its slumber,” the district court order stated.
“MCJ is currently working on different aspects of the case. Action against the structure will be taken,” said mayor Sunil Jyoti.