The employees of the town planning department of the Jalandhar municipal corporation demolished a hall at the Deol Nagar Locality, as part of its drive to ensure the city is free of encroachments. The property belonged to one Natha Singh.
The decision to raze the property was taken after several notices failed to make the property owner fall in line.
Officials with the MCJ point that the focus would remain on ensuring that no illegal buildings come up in the city. Without a valid permit, the local body will not allow the coming up of any valid permit.
In an attempt to show its commitment towards the claim, the MCJ authorities also razed down a Mazar a place of worship, in Gandhi Camp Area, here on Thursday. Following the incident, the locals protested on streets and complained to the local councillor about the incident. However, the Mazar was again built on Friday by the devotees.
The authorities have made it clear that any attempt to encroach government property will not be tolerated, but refrained from commenting on the issue, if the structure will be razed down again or not. The MCJ authorities said that the structure was brought down after complaint was received by them from some residents who complained about the area being turned into place of worship illegally.
The MCJ will also start working on the regularisation of illegal encroachments from Monday onwards at the Bhargo Camp area, following a high court order passed on January last year. The authorities said that they would proceed with caution, while regularising the encroachments in Bhargo Camp.
Building owners of the Bhargo camp area who have been served notice by the MCJ for illegal encroachment can pay the DC rate applicable on their property to the civic bodies and can get their structures regularised.