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Many encroachments around tourism office removed

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   Ludhiana, May 27, 2013
First Published: 18:51 IST(27/5/2013) | Last Updated: 18:53 IST(27/5/2013)

A week after the Hindustan Times reported about illegal encroachments around the newly opened tourism office at Clock Tower, a part of these makeshift constructions have been cleared.

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The platform around the Clock Tower, inside which the office is located, was dotted with vendors, offering street food or services such as hair cut or shoe polish.

Of the over 30 such vendors who had encroached upon the government land, almost half of these were removed last week.

Notably, most of these vendors had been functioning in the area for long, almost two decades in some cases.

While the remaining encroachments too need to be tackled, the recent clearance has lent the place a better look.

Earlier, visitors had to negotiate their way through the many rehris to enter the tourism office even as they braved dust and chaotic traffic.

Local tourist officer Hardeep Singh said that he wrote to the municipal corporation to clear the area of the scores of vendors, and they acted last week. “Half of the work is still pending. We hope it gets done soon,” he adds.

Rajiv Shukla, a businessman in the area, remarked that the clearance was much needed if the office expects more visitors.

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