Instead of taking action against encroachments, the municipal corporation is waiting for government's policy for regularisation of such violations in the city.
A city resident has complained about the encroachments in corridors of the governmental market near small scale industries in Zone C but the staff concerned of the building is in favour of these encroachments and is waiting for a new policy to regularise such violations.
In a letter written to the municipal town planner by the building branch staff of MC's Zone C, it states, "This market is 20-30 years old but there is no new violation." The staff concerned further give explanation that there are many more markets where the corridors had been covered but it is not possible to remove these encroachments.
The building inspector and assistant town planner of Zone C further claimed, in the letter, that if action was taken against only specific violation then it could breach the situation of law and order in the city.
To avoid removal of encroachments, they further stated that the state government was making a policy to regularise such violations and they will take further steps as per directions of the government regarding such violations.
Complainant Simratpal Singh Kalsi alleged that the MC is not following the orders of Punjab and Haryana high court to remove encroachments in the city.
"The corridors were constructed for the public, but some shop owners have encroached the corridor and the building branch is supporting the encroachments," he said.
"Where were the MC officials when these encroachments were being raised? Now, they want to wait for new policy in favour of encroachments. It is responsibility of the MC to check violations," he added.
On the other hand, assistant town planner of Zone C Parampal Singh said, "We don't want pick and choose policy as the encroachments were old. Such encroachments are common in other areas of the city. The survey about the violations in the market, which falls under Zone C, is going on and we will take required action."
Municipal town planner Kamaljeet Kaur was not available for comments.