Demolition drive at Chaura Bazaar area, shopkeepers down shutters

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 31, 2015 20:59 IST
Shopkeepers protested by downing their shutters after MC officials demolished the illegal structure of a building at Chaura Bazaar, Ludhiana on Monday. (HT Photo)

Building branch of the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) held a demolition drive at Chaura Bazaar area of old city where action was taken against two under construction hotels. However, the MC faced shopkeepers' ire, who pulled down shutters as a mark of protest.

Building branch of zone A along with senior officials reached the site and started demolition at the hotels that were a non-compoundable structure and could not be regularised. Additional commissioner Rishi Pal Singh had inspected the building on Monday morning before he gave a green signal to the building branch for its demolition.

As the teams of building branch reached the spot they were not allowed to take action against the buildings by the market association. However, demolition of the hotel building started in afternoon amid heavy presence of police force that was called by the higher authorities. Later, the shopkeepers opened up their shutters after the situation was brought under control by the police.

The MC was forced to stop the demolition of the building after the owner of the building brought the stay order from court.

Assistant Town Planner (ATP) of zone A Pradeep Sehgal said while action was taken against one of the two hotels in Chaura Bazar area, the action against the second building was postponed because it took a long time at the first building. "Later even the demolition at the first building was stopped after the owners produced stay order of the court," said Sehgal.

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