This was the third phase of the encroachment removal campaign launched on the orders of the High Court in the year 2018.



This time too, at the instigation of the High Court, the officials agreed to remove the encroachment. However, this time too weak willpower dominated the campaign. This can be gauged from the fact that the team had returned from Premnagar on the first day, and the two days’ time given to the trespassers has not been completed due to the technical constraints left behind.

The task force set up to remove encroachments was to demolish 1379 encroachments this time, while 1131 encroachments could be removed. After the protest, the traders were given time to remove the encroachment, many traders went to court. Some got a stay and on some, the court asked the government to file a counter affidavit. Therefore, the authorities also found an excuse to avoid responsibility. The officers were in the mood to defer the case on the pretext of seeking legal opinion, but once again the High Court broke their sleep. Now the relevant authorities have to file affidavits by 17 November in the court. It remains to be seen whether the responsible filing the answer according to the action taken so far, or in the meantime, remove the encroachment campaign again.

Here is the action in the third phase:
Day 1: Chakrata Road, Haridwar Road, Rajpur Road and some areas adjoining Saharanpur, 216 encroachments were broken. The team returned from Premnagar without breaking a single encroachment.
Day 2: 176 encroachments were broken in Paltan Bazaar. The remaining encroached traders were given time to demolish themselves.
Third day: 424 encroachments were broken in Curzon Road, DL Road, Kaulagarh and Paltan Bazar area. These include 202 encroachments by the traders themselves in the platoon market area.
Day 4: A total of 262 encroachments were demolished, including self-encroachments by traders in the platoon market.

Action again after the pause:
At different dates, the administration team demolished 14 encroachments at Dilaram Bazaar and 34 encroachments of religious establishments were removed across the city.

MDDA’s sealing campaign also halted:
In the order of the High Court, MDDA had also started the sealing campaign by taking action on illegal construction. However, the campaign had to be stopped after 67 establishments were sealed. Because, MDDA also sealed or was preparing to seal some establishments which had earlier legalized the construction. Therefore, the campaign was postponed in the name of investigation.

Snapped officer:
Vinay Shankar Pandey (Municipal Commissioner and Chairman of the Task Force) says that the action taken so far to remove the encroachment has been submitted to the Nodal Officer Secretary Loniv. Some traders have got a stay at Tyagi Road and Premnagar. Legal opinion has also been taken in this matter. Whatever instructions are received from the court and government level, they will be followed.

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