From the coming week, the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation (MCJ) will be conducting raids in evening hours to check illegal encroachments in the city.
Teh Bazaari superintendent Harjot Singh told HT that the department recently received permission from the municipal commissioner to work in the field from 5pm to 8pm.
At present, the Teh Bazaari officials work between 9am and 5pm, which makes it difficult for them nab encroachers who put up their stalls after 5pm.
“Our officials will start working as per the new pattern by next week,” the superintendent said. The city has been grappling with the problem of illegal encroachments for a long time now. Officials say that fruit and fast food stalls are among the largest encroachers in the city. At some places, shopkeepers have encroached the streets by putting up their products for sale on road.
“Since the festive season is on, we have let vendors put up their stalls on road but from the next week, we will take strict action against anyone who illegally encroaches the area,” said Harjot Singh. Harjot informed that the Teh Bazaari department is planning to divide the city into eight blocks. MCJ is targeting to cover at least two blocks in a day.