Adhering to the orders of Punjab and Haryana high court, the municipal corporation (MC) on Wednesday conducted an anti-encroachment drive at Dhandari Kalan in which 16 buildings that had violated the norms were demolished partly.
The MC started the drive under an action plan that was formed after the Punjab and Haryana high court directed the MC that action should be taken against those buildings violating the norms.
Bankey Bihari, assistant town planner (ATP) of Zone C, said that there were 16 buildings from Sherpur Chowk towards Delhi GT road that were violating the norms of buildings bylaws and had not left 5-metre mandatory space from the road.
"The orders by Punjab and Haryana high court stated that the buildings that had not left 5-metre space from the main road should be demolished," said the ATP.
He said that the orders were passed for the buildings that were built after 1995 and were supposed to be demolished.
The ATP said, "There are five persons who claim that their buildings have been constructed before 1995. We have given them a week's time so that they can present documentary proofs in front of us or else the buildings will also be demolished."
There were 140 police officials to stop any resistance from the side of building owners and many MC officials also accompanied them. "The equipment used during the drive included three JCB machines," said sources.
The drive started at around 9 am and ended at 2 pm. Notices to these buildings were served in 2008-09 for the encroachment they had done.
A demolition drive will be conducted at Talaab Bazaar where 22 shops will be demolished on Thursday. These shops are illegal, according to the MC.