After yet another demolition drive of illegal structure was thwarted on Saturday, municipal corporation is now contemplating to convene an all-party meeting to reach a consensus on these drives.
During the past year, several anti-encroachment and demolition drives have remained unsuccessful due to political interference and resistance from residents.
This has resulted in the menace of encroachments to grow further throughout the city. Councillors as well as MLAs of different areas come to the "rescue" of encroachers whenever MC teams plans to remove these encroachments.
However, now mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria plans to convene an all-party meeting in which all councillors and MLAs of Ludhiana would be invited to debate on the issue.
"The Saturday's incident in which residents pelted MC officials and police with bricks is disappointing. It is learnt that some political leaders also went to the spot and protested after the incident. The act is uncalled for," Gohalwaria said.
He said there had been several such instances even in the past when drives of MC were thwarted due to political interference. "This is a complete gunda raj where political leaders come and stop MC from doing its duty. This would not be tolerated," he added.
"I would ask the MC commissioner to arrange for a meeting so that all leaders could be brought on the same stage and educated regarding MC drives. We can at least try to reach a consensus on the issue," the mayor said.
Drives thwarted in the past
December 17: Political leaders disrupted a drive at Jawahar Nagar Camp in Zone D when the building branch team reached the spot to demolish illegal construction.
On the same day a demolition drive was thwarted by a group of councillors at Ghumar Mandi and Hambran Road.
December 14: An anti-encroachment drive at Sarabha Nagar failed after the market association of the area intervened and pressurised tehbazari team to return without action.
April 22: MC tried to remove encroachments in Haibowal where political leaders intervened resulting in failure of the drive.
March 21: MC team returned empty handed from Talab Bazar where they had gone to demolish shops near a temple after political interference.