Demolition drives towards unlawful encroachments have been carried out throughout town on Wednesday, with buildings cleared in South Delhi’s Mearchand Market, Lodhi Colony, Ayanagar and Chhatarpur, though officers needed to abort their try at northeast Delhi’s Seelampur, with the East Delhi municipal company saying it didn’t have ample police backup.
South Delhi Municipal Company (SDMC) officers mentioned they largely eliminated roadside encroachments in Madhu Vihar colony close to Dwarka Sector-3; Chaukhandi, close to Janakpuri; Aya Nagar, Chhatarpur , Mearchand market, and Sai Temple close to Lodhi Colony. They mentioned in contrast to different areas, bulldozers weren’t deployed in Lodhi Colony the place groups acted towards roadside vends and small open-air carts close to the Sai Baba temple complicated.
At Seelampur, an space thought-about delicate, the East Delhi Municipal Company heavy encroachments within the space have been marked to be eliminated on Wednesday however the police reinforcements offered was not sufficient.
“Our crew had reached the Seelampur police station for help. However, two-three policement wouldn’t have been sufficient. The company will attempt to perform the drive once more with correct police backup,” mentioned EDMC mayor Shyam Sunder Aggarwal.
Seelampur is taken into account delicate because it was one of many places the place communal clashes happened in the course of the riots in February, 2020.
Aggarwal mentioned the civic physique eliminated encroachments on the stretch between Karkardooma and Rishabh Vihar, the place he mentioned, one bulldozer and eight vehicles have been deployed.
Encroachment elimination drives, in any other case a routine perform of the municipal companies, have come below the scanner after the North MCD’s controversial demolition drive in Jahangirpuri on April 20, days after communal clashes have been reported from the world. Opposition events blamed the BJP, which guidelines the three municipal companies, for allegedly focusing on a specific group, an allegation the celebration and the civic our bodies have denied.
Insufficient backup in Seelampur
The northeast Delhi locality has rampant encroachment, specifically alongside the roadside resulting in recurrent site visitors jams, mayor Aggarwal mentioned.
“I’ve already written to the Delhi Police commissioner to hunt his co-operation in these drives, and have requested him to direct his to make sure that the encroachers don’t return,” he added.
A senior police officer mentioned the municipal company had sought permission for a “routine drive” and ample pressure was offered for it, however once they reached the spot with earthmovers, they mentioned they needed to conduct a “heavy drive”.
“Extra pressure is required for a big scale drive since it’s a delicate space. Therefore, they have been stopped,” the officer mentioned.
Roads in focus in South Delhi
SDMC groups eliminated road distributors close to Sai Baba temple complicated and cleared non permanent buildings close to the Meharchand market. A number of the distributors claimed that their circumstances have been pending within the court docket they usually had papers to take away that they weren’t operating their companies illegally.
Neeraj Kumar, a road vendor mentioned that a number of distributors have already got ongoing circumstances in courts, and a few others had eliminated their items a day earlier. “Now we have papers to show that we aren’t unlawful distributors,” he added.
Ashok Sakhuja, who heads the Mearchand market affiliation mentioned that market was already away from unlawful distributors on Wednesday as everybody knew concerning the SDMC drive. “We file criticism towards the encroachers with civic physique each month however each time they conduct a drive, the knowledge is leaked they usually take away their items,” he added.
Native AAP MLA Madan Lal (Kasturba Nagar constituency) visited the market and mentioned that the drive was “the final try” by the BJP-ruled MCD to harass individuals earlier than their time period will get over this month.
Delhi Congress vice-president Abhishek Dutt additionally visited the world and mentioned, “Bulldozer ought to be run on inflation an unemployment, not on homes and retailers of poor individuals.”
Ramps, stairs eliminated in Madhu Vihar, Dwarka Sector-3
A crew of MCD employees from the Najafgarh zone reached the 1.2km stretch ranging from Aakash hospital to Madhu Vihar bus terminal on Wednesday morning with a bulldozer and 20 labourers. They eliminated unlawful extensions remodeled the roadside drain comparable to ramps and staircases by a number of shopkeepers.
Native merchants, nevertheless, known as it a ‘selective motion’.
Satish Vashishth, a dealer, mentioned comparable buildings have been there on the adjoining street, however solely their retailers have been focused.
Monu Kumar, a furnishings store proprietor, mentioned the “choose and select coverage” ought to cease. “Ether all of the retailers with extensions ought to be eliminated or no one ought to be touched,” he added.
Motion in Sabzi Mandi, Janakpuri
A big scale anti-encroachment drive was carried out in SDMC’s west zone with groups of civic officers eradicating non permanent buildings in Chaukhandi, Sabzi Mandi, Janakpuri and the world surrounding the Janakpuri district centre. “Police help from three police stations Janakpuri, Hari Nagar and Tilak Nagar was offered to us and 48 police personnel together with one inspector and SHO helped in the course of the motion,” an SDMC official supervising the drive mentioned.
The groups eliminated objects comparable to counter tops, carts, cylinders, benches and one car. Some native merchants alleged that they weren’t given authorized notices.
Shveta Saini, west zone chairman, mentioned some native residents protested in Janakpuri. “The anti-encroachment drive was performed regardless of the protest. Now we have solely eliminated unlawful non permanent buildings and kiosks. It’s our responsibility to take away encroachment, and we’ll proceed our crackdown on violators,” she added. Civic groups additionally cleared buildings in components of Aya Nagar, Ghitorni and Chhatarpur
Tree uprooted in Okhla
Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan on Wednesday demanded an FIR be registered towards the SDMC officers for allegedly uprooting a tree in the course of the demolition drive within the New Mates Colony space on Tuesday. “I’ve filed a police criticism towards the irresponsible MCD officers in NFC police station,” Khan tweeted on Tuesday.
In a press release, SDMC mentioned that the tree was uprooted “unintentionally”, and that the civic physique will undertake compensatory plantation, as per the principles.