MCB demolishes illegal structure at disputed site near Qila Mubarak

  • Sachin Sharma, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2016 13:18 IST
JCB machine demolishing an illegal structure near Qila Mubarak in Bathinda on Thursday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

The city municipal corporation on Thursday demolished the construction on a disputed site near Qila Mubarak, a day after HT reported that official order has been violated after a roof was laid in an overnight construction.

Besides demolition, SDM Anmol Singh Dhaliwal, in his report, submitted to deputy commissioner Basant Garg has recommended a legal action against the officials who signed the documents showing land ownership of persons who claimed to be the owners of the property and against the claimants.

Dhaliwal said the official records stated that the 248 square yards of the land near Qila Mubarak on which construction was going on belonged to Punjab government.

Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said building was being constructed without the mandatory permission and without passing the design of the same, so it has been demolished. On delay in action, he said they took the action after following the due procedure which takes time.

The issue

Persons claiming to be owners of the property had started construction at the site early this month which was objected by Revenue Patwar Union, saying that the land belongs to Punjab government as old revenue patwar office was in the building on this land till 2007 when they vacated the same after it became unsafe. On a representation by the union, deputy commissioner Basant Garg had marked an inquiry by SDM. In blatant violation of orders –maintain status quo- on site passed by Dhaliwal on September 14, the claimants had laid the roof of the building in a midnight drive.

Gurpreet Singh, who claimed to be one of the owners of the land couldn’t be contacted despite attempts. He had claimed that he along with his namesake had purchased the land from Raman Kumar, a resident of Dabwali in Haryana.

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