The project of four-laning the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road, which was facing a hurdle at the Basti Bawa Khel area, would go ahead as per the 2008 demarcation study, even though some shopkeepers had recently moved the Punjab and Haryana high court against the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ).
Officials of the MCJ said on Thursday that they would, in no circumstances, delay the work and would start the construction at the earliest so that they the project could be completed by the end of the year.
The shopkeepers in the Basti Bawa Khel area have still not demolished their establishments marked as encroachment by the civic body.
As per the earlier order of the high court, municipal commissioner GS Khaira on Thursday held a meeting with shopkeepers, who had recently filed the contempt of court petition in the high court against the MCJ for having failed to conduct a meeting.
During the meeting, the shopkeepers, under the banner of Grocery Shopkeepers Association, Basti Bawa Khel, asked the commissioner to construct the road as per the demarcation conducted in 2008 by the civic body. “Shopkeepers have asked to the MC to construct the road as per the 2008 demarcation and remove any encroachment,” said an MCJ official.
However, shopkeepers demanded compensation for the area that will be covered by the road but was not marked encroachment as per the 2008 study. The commissioner, however, didn’t accept their demand for compensation. GS Khaira said that in no case they will be giving any compensation to the shopkeepers.
Mayor Sunil Jyoti said that the project had been hanging fire for over two years after the shopkeepers launched a protest against the elevated road project as they claimed that the elevated road will hamper their business. But, even after they revised their plan to the four-lane road, a number of shopkeepers again started raising objections.
“We have enough area to construct the four–lane road, the shopkeepers, who are still demanding compensation for demolishing encroachments cover only an area of around 300 meters,” said Sunil Jyoti.
“We will construct the road with head-to-head width on the place against which the shopkeepers have approached the court,” he added.
Officials said the work order would be issued soon and they would start the construction of the road.
The four-lane road will be only 2 km and will cost Rs 8.5 crore which will be released under the Urban Rural Regeneration Mission by the Punjab Infrastructure Development Authority (PIDB).