Encroachments give commuters a touhg time in Mullanpur Dakha
Temporary encroachments on roads have made commuting difficult for residents of Mullanpur Dakha, also known as Mandi Mullanpur. The encroachments in this small town have even stalled the eight-laning project.punjab Updated: Nov 26, 2013 19:29 IST
Temporary encroachments on roads have made commuting difficult for residents of Mullanpur Dakha, also known as Mandi Mullanpur.
The encroachments in this small town have even stalled the eight-laning project. The roads here have shrunk, as shopkeepers have intruded upon them and are not ready to remove their temporary encroachments thereby increasing residents' woes.
Meanwhile, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) and nagar panchayat Mullanpur Dakha differ on their stand.
Around three years ago, the nagar panchayat had issued notices to more than 100 building owners for encroachments and for raising buildings bypassing building bylaws. GLADA officials, on the other hand, in an affidavit submitted in Punjab and Haryana high court had claimed that there were no encroachments in Mullanpur Dakha, especially on National Highway -95.
In November 2009, the nagar panchayat and district forest department had initiated a drive to raze encroachments, but due to people's resentment and 'political pressure' the initiative slackened and died gradually, after which the nagar panchayat never took an initiative to remove the encroachments.
Advocate Kulwinder Singh filed an application under Right to Information Act in February this year, seeking information on the encroachments in Mullanpur Dakha and action taken by the authorities.
The public information officer of nagar panchayat replied and asked him to deposit Rs 248 to avail the information, which he deposited in no time, but no information has been supplied from the nagar panchayat so far.
Mohinder Singh, a local resident said: “More than half of the road has been encroached upon by shopkeepers by putting their articles on the road in the main market of the town. This causes traffic jams in the area.”
Rachhpal Singh, another local said: “With the construction of railway over bridge on the Raikot Road, the problem of encroachments has increased manifold. Those, who have shops near the bridge, have encroached upon the land, which has affected the traffic flow.”
He added that the road have been dug for eight-laning project to make things worse.
Executive officer at nagar panchayat Balbir Singh Gill said: “There are building violations in city and the civic body is taking action against them. The civic body removes temporary encroachments in city from time-to-time, but some people encroach upon the government land again.”