GMADA razes 36 unau­tho­rised struc­tures

WORK WAS DIS­RUPTED FOR SOME TIME FOL­LOW­ING A SPAT IN PHASE 9

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■ SAS NA­GAR: Launch­ing a ma­jor de­mo­li­tion drive Greater Mohali Area De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, (GMADA) has razed 36 unau­tho­rised struc­tures in the pe­riph­ery area of Chandi­garh (Pun­jab Part).

Be­ing used for com­mer­cial pur­poses, these struc­tures were lo­cated in vil­lage Sanauli, Lan­dran, Ja­gat­pura, Chatt, Kis­han­pura, Kan­dala, Nan­di­ala, And­heri and Ma­jri. The de­mo­li­tion would con­tinue on Wed­nes­day.

Com­pe­tent au­thor­ity un­der the Pun­jab New Cap­i­tal Pe­riph­ery Con­trol Act 1952, Manjit Brar, ad­di­tional chief ad­min­is­tra­tor, GMADA, said,

“Un­der var­i­ous pro­vi­sions of the act, no­tices were is­sued re­peat­edly to the vi­o­la­tors(own­ers of il­le­gal con­struc­tions). Also, giv­ing them an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plain their po­si­tion, they were called for per­sonal hear­ing. Vi­o­la­tors, who had noth­ing to sup­port/jus­tify their un­law­ful/il­le­gal con­struc­tions, were is­sued de­mo­li­tion or­ders and were given an op­por­tu­nity to de­mol­ish these struc­tures on their own. There­after, struc­tures of those who didn't com­ply with or­ders of the com­pe­tent au­thor­ity were razed by GMADA.”

Brar said, “Struc­tures de­mol­ished in­clude 14 shut­ter­ing stores, a restau­rants, a weigh bridge, shops, and all these con­struc­tions were raised in vi­o­la­tion of the pro­vi­sions of Pe­riph­ery Act.” He said the drive would con­tinue and GMADA shall make all-out ef­forts to deal sternly with such anti-so­cial el­e­ments.

Es­tate Of­fi­cer (reg­u­la­tory) Ma­hesh Bansal said that the en­force­ment team in­cluded 40 po­lice per­son­nel, 30 labour­ers, 35 of­fi­cers/of­fi­cials of GMADA and a duty mag­is­trate car­ried out the de­mo­li­tion drive.

IN­DUS­TRI­AL­ISTS HALT GMADA’S PIPE-LAY­ING PROJECT AT PHASE 9

Heated ar­gu­ments were wit­nessed in In­dus­trial Area, Phase 9 on Tues­day as the in­dus­tri­al­ists ob­jected to lay­ing of the storm water pipes in the area.

The in­dus­tri­al­ists re­stricted the work, which was be­ing done on the road along Bawa White house in Phase 9. The work was dis­rupted for some time fol­low­ing a spat be­tween the in­dus­tri­al­ists as well as the contractor and the labour­ers who were lay­ing down the pipe­line.

An in­dus­tri­al­ist Amar­jit Sharma rued. “The pipe­line is be­ing laid just next to the wall of the fac­to­ries which could dam­age the wall as well as the foun­da­tions. The dig­ging along the wall could also re­sult in col­laps­ing of the wall.”

On the other hand the contractor Man­deep Singh, said that the work of the pipe­line was un­der­taken only af­ter show­ing the draw­ing to the in­dus­tri­al­ists. He added that the ob­jec­tion be­ing raised by the in­dus­tri­al­ists were base­less as the dig­ging is be­ing done about 3 feet away from the boundary walls.

When con­tacted Greater Mohali Area De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (GMADA) XEN Devin­der Singh, said that an 8 feet road berm is con­structed on the road where the dig­ging is tak­ing place. He added that the protest is base­less and GMADA would carry on the work of lay­ing down the pipe­lines.

GMADA RAZES TWO DOZEN IL­LE­GAL SHOPS UN­DER PE­RIPH­ERY ACT

ZIRAKPUR: A team of GMADA of­fi­cials, razed, nearly two dozen shop struc­tures, re­port­edly come up in vi­o­la­tion of Pe­riph­ery Act in vil­lage Sanoli on Tues­day.

Though these shut­ter­ing shop own­ers op­posed the de­mo­li­tion drive but of­fi­cials did not stopped their ac­tion. AS per re­ports, the GMADA team equipped with JCB ma­chine, trac­tor trol­leys, labour­ers along­with po­lice started their drive around 7.30 am that con­tin­ued till 2 pm.

Of­fi­cials said that struc­ture own­ers had not taken ap­proval be­fore con­struc­tion as it was sheer vi­o­la­tion of Pe­riph­ery Act, 1952.

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