Despite the fact that there are nearly 375 encroachments at Chaura Bazaar and that too in the knowledge of municipal corporation (MC), the authority has not been able to take any action against the menace which has narrowed the road, making it difficult for residents to drive their vehicles on the street.
"Chaura" which means wide has lost its literal meaning with the passage of time as the shopkeepers have illegally encroached upon the MC land, attracting action.
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria had earlier stated that action would be taken on being confirmed that shopkeepers had no permission to extend their shops.
The shopkeepers had earlier claimed that they had permission that they could extend their shutters on the government land.
Assistant town planner (Zone A) Kamaljit Kaur said there were nearly 375 encroachments at Chaura Bazaar. We have confirmed that there was no permission with the shopkeepers and encroachments were illegal. "We are waiting for the permission from seniors after which these encroachments will be removed immediately," Kaur said.
She said the shopkeepers have encroached upon the 2.5 feet of government land from both sides. "There was a meeting in December 2012 which was being attended by many shopkeepers from Chaura Bazaar. However, no decision was reached upon," she added.
Earlier, mayor Gohalwaria had stated that Chaura Bazaar would be made free of encroachments. He had also formed a committee for removing encroachments in the area, but the committee had not reached any conclusion so far.
This has also created confusion among shopkeepers, as they do not know whether their encroachments will be removed or not. "There is confusion prevailing among the traders of the area who are not even sure whether their shutters which have been extended would be removed or not," a shopkeeper said.
Naveen Malhotra, superintendent of tehbazari wing of the MC, said action would be taken only after the committee formed by the mayor would give a decision on the encroachments in the area.