Sunday, May 16, 2010

MCD Conducted Demolition Drive in Karol Bagh

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) conducted a demolition drive in Karol Bagh on Saturday. The civic agency has been removing encroachments on public land in areas like Paharganj and Karol Bagh etc which have a huge concentration of guesthouses and hotels to develop them into tourist hubs before Commonwealth Games.

‘‘MCD managed to get back around 1,500 sq meters of land in Karol Bagh on Saturday. We started the drive around 11 30 am. We removed encroachments from Pusa Road roundabout till Rattan Puri Chowk. We evicted scrap dealers from the MCD land opposite the petrol pump. Meat and fish shops were also removed for violating tehbazaari rules and regulation.’’ These shops were sealed earlier this year for violating tehbazaari norms and their licenses were also cancelled. They were de-sealed later after the tehbazaari holders gave an affidavit in court that they would remove the unauthorized structures themselves within 15 days from de-sealing of shops. However, they did not remove the illegal structures even after more than three months from the date of de-sealing.

The MCD was also supposed to demolish jhuggi clusters at Rattan Puri Chowk but they had started shifting from the government land themselves.