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MCG clears encroachments during Jharsa bundh drive

The civic body has planned to restore the Jharsa bundh which once used to be a source of water for nearby residents

gurgaon Updated: Feb 14, 2018 22:05 IST
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According to MCG officials, more than 60 shanties were removed during the drive that was conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) undertook a two-day anti-encroachment drive at the Jharsa bandh, which is located behind residential complexes in Sector 47.

According to MCG officials, more than 60 shanties were removed during the drive that was conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The illegal establishments were infringing the protected area, which was once a natural water body and source of water in the city, officials said.

The MCG has plans to revive the Jharsa bandh, along with 20 other such natural ponds located across the city.

The drive was conducted on the directions of junior engineer Ashish Sherawat in the presence of heavy police deployment, to ensure law and order is maintained and no untoward incident takes place.

According to MCG officials, the demolition was carried out only after occupants were allowed to safely remove their belongings from the shanties.

“The illegal occupants were let off after we warned them of legal charges if there is a repeat of the encroachment,” SS Rohilla, public relations officer (PRO) of MCG, said.

The drive was carried out just days after MCG commissioner V Umashankar and district town planner (DTP) Mohan Singh of town and country planning (TCP) formed an enforcement team, comprising officials from both departments for undertaking anti-encroachment drives on roads, markets, footpaths and civic land in all four zones of the MCG.

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A week earlier, a team of TCP and MCG officials had carried out an anti-encroachment drive in DLF Phase-2 on February 7.

The drive was conducted after RS Rathee, the ward councillor, had complained to MCG about heavy encroachment at Sikanderpur-Bristol Chowk, Dakshin Marg and in Block A, while also registering a complaint with the CM’s Window about illegal constructions on Dakshin Marg.

Residents can complain or get their queries pertaining to encroachments cleared on MCG’s toll-free helpline number 1800-180-1817.

First Published: Feb 14, 2018 22:05 IST