District Congress chief (urban) gets notice for 'raising illegal structures'

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Feb 08, 2015 13:43 IST

Acting on a complaint of alleged illegal constructions in Ghumar Mandi, the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) has served notice to district Congress president (urban) Gurpreet Gogi asking him to show documents regarding approval for construction of various buildings in the area.

Earlier, former party leader Gursimran Singh Mand had submitted a complaint to Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and demanded to mark an inquiry into the matter. In his complaint, Mand alleged that Gogi had constructed buildings, including hostel, complex and his house against the building bylaws.

In January, Mand had demanded that action should be taken against the alleged illegal constructions by Gogi, also the councillor of ward no 53. In his letter, he had also questioned the government that why action has not been taken to inquire the buildings of Gogi?

After his complaint, the state government had replied through email and informed that the complaint had been forwarded to the Ludhiana deputy commissioner for necessary action.

Mand alleged that a road was passing through the area, where Gogi had constructed his house, in the map of municipal corporation. He alleged that some MC officials were trying to push the matter into dark corner.

It is pertinent to mention here that the disciplinary action committee of the Punjab Congress had expelled Mand and five other members from the primary membership of the party in November last year as they had allegedly levelled wild allegations against the party president in the state.

According to an official of the MC's building branch, a notice has been sent to Gogi and he has been asked to submit the valid documents about the construction of various buildings in Ghumar Mandi. The official said they could comment more only after getting reply from Gogi.

It was in May last year when the civic body had conducted a demolition drive against the encroachments adjoining Gogi's house in Ghumar Mandi. However, Gogi had also staged a protest against the drive. It was learnt that Gogi had been raising voice against the demolition drives in various areas of the city.

Denying allegations, Gogi said the allegations were baseless and politically motivated to defame him.

Gogi further said: "I will provide all documents which have been demanded by the MC. These buildings are not illegal as I have followed all norms of building bylaws."

Assistant town planner of MC, Monika Anand, was not available for comment. Sources said Gogi was making efforts to cancel the notice. Meetings were being conducted with the other political leaders regarding the matter, they added.

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