Po­lice ask CHB to de­mol­ish pre-fab shel­ters

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Jy­ot­sna Jalali

■ CHANDI­GARH: The po­lice have asked the Chandi­garh Hous­ing Board ( CHB) to de­mol­ish its pre-fab­ri­cated struc­tures in Sec­tor 56 and colony num­ber 4.

The CHB of­fi­cials in a writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion had asked the po­lice depart­ment for set­ting up of po­lice posts in Sec­tor 56 and Colony Num­ber 4 af­ter a num­ber of thefts were re­ported by the lo­cals.

How­ever, the SSP of­fice in its re­ply to the CHB re­quest dated Fe­bru­ary 24 has asked the board to de­mol­ish those struc­tures, which are not in use.

The CHB had spent lakhs of ru­pees un­der JNNURM to con­struct pre-fab­ri­cated struc­tures for its slum re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project. Af­ter many slums in the city were de­mol­ished, the dwellers had been shifted to these pre-fab­ri­cated shel­ters as a tem­po­rary mea­sure, un­til flats un­der the slum-re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion scheme were al­lot­ted to them.

But, over two dozen shel­ters are ly­ing va­cant and have be­come spots for hooli­gans.

The re­sponse for a de­mand

I am not aware of the let­ter, and if such a thing has been said, there has to be a rea­son for it. NAUN I H A L S I N G H

SSP Chandi­garh

to have se­cu­rity check on these shel­ters has come as a shock to CHB of­fi­cials, who are now are con­tem­plat­ing a re­sponse to the po­lice.

“Our sole pur­pose was that a po­lice post be cre­ated in these two ar­eas, as lot of fam­i­lies are liv­ing there and we gen­er­ally get com­plaints of hooli­gans dis­turb­ing them. We may go ahead and try to pro­vide se­cu­rity,” said a CHB of­fi­cial.

Mean­while, Chandi­garh SSP Nau­ni­hal Singh sad that he was not aware of any such let­ter sent to the CHB. “I am not aware of the let­ter and if such a thing has been said by us, there has to be a rea­son for the same. I will only be able to com­ment af­ter I go through the con­tent of the let­ter,” he said.

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