Chandigarh: Demolition drive at Khuda Alisher village deferred

Land acquisition officer Tapasya Raghav said because of the volatile law and order situation in Sector 25 after the murder of a youth, police could not spare force for carrying out the drive.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: August 5, 2016 5:21:55 am

The estate office has deferred a drive to demolish construction outside lal dora in Khuda Alisher village, which was scheduled to be held on Friday.

Officials said non-availability of police force led to the decision.

Land acquisition officer Tapasya Raghav said because of the volatile law and order situation in Sector 25 after the murder of a youth, police could not spare force for carrying out the drive. “Today, we could not fix the next date for demolition as the deputy commissioner was not in town,” said Raghav.

According to sources, the driver will be carried after August 15 as the police force will remain busy with the preparations and security arrangements.

On June 6, the estate office had issued notices to the father of assistant estate officer Prince Dhawan, former home secretary Krishna Mohan and city BJP chief Sanjay Tandon for alleged illegal construction outside lal dora in Khuda Ali Sher village.

Around 100 notices were issued to the residents of Khuda Alisher. The term lal dora refers to the village land that can be used for non-agricultural purpose only or for support systems like livestock.

According to the data of the department of rural development and panchayats, of the total area of 6,334 acres of villages under the jurisdiction of the Chandigarh administration, there is unauthorised construction beyond lal dora on 254 acres. In the last one year, the estate office has issued around 610 notices for illegal construction outside lal dora in different villages.

Credit war

The local leadership of both the Congress and BJP took credit for the postponement of the drive. Congress president Pardeep Chhabra claimed that the driver was deferred after their call to hold a massive protest, while senior BJP leader Rambir Bhatti said the drive was not carried out after a delegation led by him met DC Ajit Balaji Joshi.

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