Nobody will demolish your houses: Bansal to Raipur Khurd villagers

The displeasure of the Union Minister for Railways over the functioning of the UT Administration's officials once again came to the fore with the former condemning the demolition drives done by the UT Administration in the recent past in the peripheral villages.

Pawan Kumar Bansal, union minister and member of Parliament, said this while addressing a gathering at Raipur Khurd Village on Sunday at a function where he held a public meeting with the representatives of the village.

Addressing the issue of houses outside Lal Dora he said, "A large number of people are residing outside the boundary of Lal Dora, and they are living there for decades. I strongly oppose the idea of demolition, as it is not a solution of the villagers' problems. Instead of sending notices, the authorities should provide basic amenities like water, electricity, school and dispensary to the villagers."

"Residents should not get scared from the notices sent by the UT Administration. I assure them that nobody will destroy or demolish their houses. But at the same time I request the villagers not to construct new houses outside the Lal Dora," Bansal said.

He further urged the villagers to take a unanimous decision on whether they want to come under the jurisdiction of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation or not.

Earlier he gave a patient hearing to the villagers and other heads and assured solutions to all their problems.

The main issue raised by every spokesperson was the regularisation of the decades old houses constructed outside the 'lal-dora' (red-line) of the village, which according to the administration are illegal and unauthorised and will be demolished soon.

Other demands included the facility of clean drinking water, electricity, well-maintained roads and dispensary inside the village.

Subhash Chawla, UT mayor said, "I appreciate union railway minister's act of improving the rail connectivity of the city, by announcing six new trains to the city in this budget. It is because of him that Chandigarh will now have direct connectivity to various religious places."

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