Civic body, Estate Office demolish unauthorised sheds, temporary stores
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As many as 40 unauthorised sheds and 35 temporary stores were removed from Grain Market and Vegetable Market in Sector 26 in a massive demolition drive Wednesday. The drive was carried out jointly by the Municipal Corporation and the UT Estate Office.
The teams were accompanied by a large number of police personnel. The encroachers were given time for removal of the encroachments on their own, to which 20 complied. Thereafter the drive was started to remove the remaining encroachers.
An official of the civic body informed that a drive on such a scale was carried out after a long time. UT Deputy Commissioner had conducted an inspection of the market a week ago and warnings were issued to the encroachers.
Tin sheds, which were being used for storage of goods, erected in front of the shops in Grain Market were removed. At least two dozen vendors, who were running their business illegally from the platforms and the footpaths, were also removed.
Two JCB machines were put into action for removing the encroachments.
On a few occassion, police intervention was needed as some traders objected.
Later the team also went to Bhaskar Colony in Sector 25 where a park on MC land was encroached upon by some residents who had set up hutments, which were removed.
Assistant Estate Officer Rahul Gupta, Additional Commissioner MC Lalit Siwach along with several other officers were present during the demolition drive.