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MC forms two-member flying squad to tackle encroachers

To curb the ever increasing encroachment menace, the Chandigarh municipal corporation formed a flying squad of two members on Thursday. This first ever squad will randomly check encroachments in city and challan violators.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 13, 2015 11:36 IST
Hillary Victor
Hillary Victor
Hindustan Times
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To curb the ever increasing encroachment menace, the Chandigarh municipal corporation formed a flying squad of two members on Thursday.

This first ever squad will randomly check encroachments in city and challan violators.

The members of the squad are sub-inspector Bhupinder Kaur and sub-inspector of enforcement wing Ashok Rahi.

In the orders issued, additional commissioner of MC, Sarita Malik said the flying squad would submit their reports ever day and would also keep a check on the parking areas and taxi stands of the city. A senior officer of enforcement department said usually, the staff informs the encroachers well in advance before the drive and by the time the team reaches there, the area is already cleared. However, the squad aims at checking without prior notice and is therefore expected to be more effective.

Last year, the civic body conducted 50 anti- encroachment drives and collected nearly `1.20 crore as fine, but have failed to curb the menace on their own.

Malik said they were trying best to control the menace by conducting drives. She, however, blamed the inadequacies in the anti-encroachment bylaws which only prescribe a fine as minimal as `500 even against the repeat offenders. “We have no powers to slap a punitive case”, she added.

Though the issue of encroachments often comes up in the municipal bodies’ meetings, no effective solution has come out so far.

Former Chandigarh mayor Subhash Chawla says, “The problem cannot be solved until political outfits and their senior leaders stop siding with encroachers for votes.”

Political patronage, indeed, is one of major reason behind the failure of anti-encroachment campaigns as local politicians treat encroachers as a potential vote bank. hillary.victor@hindustantimes.com

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First Published: Feb 13, 2015 11:29 IST