Despite stiff resistance by shopkeepers, the municipal corporation (MC) removed temporary encroachments from Bahadur Ke Road in Ludhiana on Wednesday. The shopkeepers had encroached up to 15-feet area in front of their shops.
Some shopkeepers accused the MC of removing encroachments from the land which falls under the jurisdiction of Punjab Mandi Board.
They claimed that they would give complaint to the police regarding it. But the MC officials claimed that the encroached area falls under the corporation.
Earlier in the morning, the MC team removed the construction material and other items kept in front of the shops in a street adjoining Bahadur Ke Road.
After that, the corporation carried out the drive on the Bahadur Ke Road where the shopkeepers opposed the drive. The shopkeepers were seen trying to unload the seized items from the MC vehicles but cops stopped them from doing so.
Some of the shopkeepers alleged that the officials were adopting pick and choose policy as “several encroachers were spared”.
Daljit Singh Chattha, who runs a shop, said, “How can the civic body remove encroachments as this land falls under Punjab Mandi Board. We will complain to the police against the action taken by MC.”
Tehbazari wing superintendent Rohit Sahota said, “We removed the encroachments and also faced resistance but the drive was successful. We will continue such drives in other areas too.”
When asked about the claims of the shopkeepers that it was the land of Punjab Mandi Board, he said that some of the shops were on the mandi board land but the encroached area alongside the road was under MC.
An area resident, Sunil Kumar, said, “I appreciate such a drive by the MC but action should be taken against all the encroachers.The shopkeepers should avoid such practices as these cause inconvenience to the public.”
It is pertinent to mention here that Ludhiana deputy commissioner (DC) has asked the MC to remove the encroachments in the city in accordance with the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court (HC).
The DC also received a complaint from a city resident, Rohit Sabharwal, regarding the installation of generator sets on public places in BRS Nagar, so he asked MC to look into the matter.
MC removes unauthorised hoarding from Jagraon Bridge
A team of municipal corporation (MC) officials removed an unauthorised advertisement hoarding from near Jagraon Bridge here on Wednesday.
Complaints had been made regarding the hoarding following which it was removed. The MC is removing such hoardings in light of the case of unauthorised advertisements, which will be discussed at Punjab and Haryana high court on January 9.
MC superintendent Harvinder Singh said big hoardings violated norms and were illegal.