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Need for more vigour in drive against encroachments

Even though the drive launched by the municipal corporation against encroachments in different areas of the city is yet to bear considerable results, the effort of the civic body have come in for praise from the local residents.The MC had launched the drive a few days ago, in which makeshift encroachments on footpaths by shopkeepers and petty traders were removed.

punjab Updated: Oct 24, 2012 23:05 IST
HT Live correspondent

Even though the drive launched by the municipal corporation against encroachments in different areas of the city is yet to bear considerable results, the effort of the civic body have come in for praise from the local residents.

The MC had launched the drive a few days ago, in which makeshift encroachments on footpaths by shopkeepers and petty traders were removed.

Naveen Malhotra, superintendent of Zone D, along with MC officials and police personnel is leading the drive against encroachments.

Malhotra maintained that the drive would continue till the menace was ended and it would take place in all areas under his jurisdiction. "We have launched a drive and take it to a definitive conclusion. The menace of encroachment has increased a lot and strict action needs to be taken," he said.

He pointed out that hand carts selling fruits and other items and parked in unauthorised areas were a menace that needed to be removed. The official said that pedestrians
were forced to walk on roads due to encroachment on footpaths, thus causing traffic snarls in different areas.

A local resident Meenakshi Ghai said that the MC drive should be carried out on a larger scale so that encroachments do not crop up again. "Removal of encroachments do not deter shopkeepers and others involved. So, either there should be heavy penalty or punishment for encroaching government land," she said.

Malhotra asserted that the drive against encroachment would continue in the coming days.