Illegal constructions galore in local bodies minister’s

  • Shaheen P Parshad, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Oct 25, 2014 21:52 IST

Illegal constructions are rampant in Amritsar, the hometown of local bodies minister Anil Joshi, even as the Amritsar Municipal Corporation has claimed to have been acting tough against such activities here.

City mayor Bakshi Ram Arora in a meeting convened a few months ago had given one-month ultimatum to the civic body to deal with constructions coming up without approved building plans, failing which he had warned of stepping out to conduct checking of unlawful possession of the municipal land.

However, more than a month has passed since but the mayor is yet to initiate any action in this regard. Unauthorised construction activities can be seen on Ram Tirath Road near the district transport office (DTO), Khalsa College and Ghala Mala Chowk among other areas.

Alleging official connivance in the matter, Congress councillors have warned of holding a protest outside the mayor’s office if no action is initiated in this regard.

Congress councillor and the leader of opposition in MC house Rajkanwal Preet Pal Singh Lucky said illegal constructions are taking place all over the city.

“This is regardless of the fact that only nine boulevards have been declared as commercial in the city,” he said.

He said illegal constructions and encroachments on the municipal land were rampant across the city due to nexus between the municipal town planning department staff of the MC and the violators.

Illegal constructions and encroachments were posing an unnecessary burden on the treasury of the already fund-starved MC, he urged the mayor to initiate action in this regard at the earliest.

“Local bodies minister Anil Joshi should intervene and a high-level committee should be constituted to probe the matter,” Lucky said. Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora, however, said no such activities had come to his notice so far.

“No such buildings have come to my notice so far as I am keeping an eye on all construction activities in the city,” he said.

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