Demolition drive: 10 illegally-constructed shops, a religious encroachment razed

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 13, 2014 18:16 IST

The Municipal Corporation (MC) conducted the demolition drives in two different areas of Ghumar Mandi and Gandhi Nagar on Friday.

While a religious encroachment was removed in Ghumar Mandi, as many as 10 illegal under-construction shops were razed in Gandhi Nagar. However, some residents opposed the drive in Gandhi Nagar, the MC team was successful in removing the encroachments with the help of police.

During the drive in Gandhi Nagar, conducted by a team of the MC Zone-A, the 10 under-construction shops were demolished for violating the building bylaws. The high-tension wires were also found hanging near these shops.

MC building inspector Taranpal Singh Kaler, said, “The action was taken following a complaint, and the drive was conducted successfully.”

In Ghumar Mandi, the MC staff, led by zonal commissioner PS Ghuman, picked up the religious items safely before demolishing the structure. Though some people tried to disrupt the process, the police force along with a fire brigade team and anti-riot vehicle were present during the drive.

The MC staff removed the religious encroachment that was being raised even after it was removed during an anti-encroachment drive held on May 7 when around 60 structures were razed.

According to MC officials, the religious encroachment had not been removed properly on May 7 as a part of the structure was buried under the debris, adding that the structure was raised again after the removal of the debris.

Harikamaljeet Singh, care taker of the religious structure, claimed, “No encroachment was done to build the structure as it was here since 1972. The civic body is playing with the sentiments of the people.”

Assistant town planner (ATP) Rajinder Sharma said the structure was raised on the encroached land. “We would make sure no structure comes up on the vacated site in future,” he added.

Meanwhile, the team also removed some religious items kept under the tree on the same land in Ghumar Mandi.

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