Municipal Corporation's (MC) anti-encroachment squad led by commissioner K Makrand Pandurang on Tuesday challaned nearly two dozen traders and shopkeepers for encroaching government land for selling their wares.
The squad removed over a dozen tractor trolley loads of goods which were placed on pavements.
The drive which had started from the MC office removed encroachments from Ananj Mandi, Dal Mandi, Gur Bazar, Subzi Mandi, Bajaja Bazar, Pul Chameli, Chura Bazar and Sadar Bazar areas.
A JCB machine was pressed into service to remove large number of hoardings and the temporary structures that had come up.
Following public complaints of congestion in markets the administration had warned the traders against the encroachments.
Commissioner said the drive would continue and asked the residents not to park their vehicles on the roads in the market areas and also not place generator sets on government land.
He said handcarts would not be allowed on roads adding that encroachments were also hampering the sanitation work.
DC also ordered the pulling down of a dilapidated building on Nicholson Road and asked the officials to initiate appropriate action against the illegal construction work going on in Sadar Bazar.
Earlier on November 25, the commissioner had gone around Ambala City cloth market and several traders were challaned for encroachments.