Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Punjab - HTC

The mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion (MC) team led by joint com­mis­sioner Aashika Jain that went to Basti Dan­ish­manda area on Fri­day to take ac­tion against il­le­gal con­struc­tions met with re­sis­tance from Jalandhar West seg­ment MLA Rinku and lo­cals.

The MLA and res­i­dents op­posed the move and ex­hanged heated ar­gu­ments with the MC of­fi­cials.MLA Rinku had also ob­structed the de­mo­li­tion of il­le­gal colonies and plots near Deol Na­gar and Kala Sangha Road as or­dered by lo­cal bod­ies min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu in June.

“Agar aaj gents of­fi­cer hota toh shayad naubat kisi aur tarike ki aa­jati, ladies thi isiliye kucch keh nahi saka (If it was a male of­fi­cial, I would have taught him a good les­son.It was a fe­male of­fi­cer, that’s why i couldn’t say any­thing),” said Rinku.He said, “I can’t say it’s her fault but the prob­lem is with the whole sys­tem as the Congress is lead­ing the MC. I have told the mayor and com­mis­sioner to carry out zon­ing as per build­ing by laws pro­vi­sions.”

Wit­nesses said he talked rudely with the MC of­fi­cials, at­tempt­ing to over­power the IAS of­fi­cer Jain, who was firm on her stand to de­mol­ish the unau­tho­rised colonies. “My con­stituency has few roads that are 60 feet wide, due to which any road­side shop or com­mer­cial con­struc­tion is counted as unau­tho­rised,” he rued. “The build­ing reg­u­la­tions give pro­vi­sion that af­ter car­ry­ing out the zon­ing of a par­tic­u­lar area, we can get the con­struc­tion au­tho­rised by pay­ing a req­ui­site fee to the MC. We can’t steal the liveli­hood of peo­ple by not giv­ing them this op­tion,” he said.

Joint com­mis­sioner Aashika Jain said, “We went to de­mol­ish unau­tho­rised con­struc­tion and the MLA came and said that their peo­ple will pro­duce cre­den­tials for car­ry­ing out con­struc­tion in the area. We have given time but we will act ac­cord­ing to the law.”

“In Lud­hi­ana, there has been seg­ment-wise zon­ing but such con­cept is not fea­si­ble for Jalandhar due to a short­age of of­fi­cers. The area is di­vided de­part­ment wise and the MLA is de­mand­ing to make the ter­ri­to­rial di­vi­sion,” said Aashika Jain.

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