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Pictures of encroachments to nail shopkeepers

Arjun Sharma , Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, January 23, 2014
First Published: 19:07 IST(23/1/2014) | Last Updated: 19:08 IST(23/1/2014)

Shopkeepers evading penalty at the time of encroachment drives by the municipal corporation (MC) will now come under lens as the MC plans to click the pictures of encroachments made by these shops and then penalise them.

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Shopkeepers used to remove their items displayed on roads as soon as the tehbazari teams of the MC approach the encroached areas, thus making it impossible to take action against them. Areas like Model Town, Sarabha Nagar, Gumar Mandi and many such places have encroachments done by shopkeepers.

However, now the MC has decided that pictures of the encroachments will be clicked in morning and shown to the shopkeepers during the day so that they can not deny encroaching on the roads. The challans will be presented in front of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) and a fine of  Rs 500 will be imposed on erring shopkeepers.

Jasdev Sekhon, who is the superintendent of Tehbazari wing of zone D, came out with the idea of clicking pictures. Sekhon said that there were many areas in the city that had encroachments and needed immediate attention.

"Several anti-encroachment drives were held during the recent past in which many encroachments were removed from different parts of the city. But many shopkeepers cleverly remove their encroachments as soon as the tehbazari team reaches the spot" said Sekhon.

"To end this, we decided to click pictures of the encroachments and then forward it to the CJM" said Sekhon.

The drive will start from Saturday in the Model Town area where encroachments are rampant.

The tehbazari wing will continue drives in other areas as well. "A fine of Rs. 500 for encroachment is not much for a shopkeepers and he pays it easily. But when the fine will be imposed again and again, only then the menace of encroachment will end in Ludhiana" said Sekhon.

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