Drive to clear roads of parking obstructions

While officials said no public notice had been issued, they claimed that residents had been informed. But residents claimed otherwise.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published: March 13, 2015 3:52 am

The PWD has begun an anti-encroachment drive to “remove any obstruction in the right of way”. Even as PWD officials claimed that the drive was being conducted “from time to time”, sources said the move is initiative of the new government and a recent NGT order on road parking.

PWD officials said the drive began on Monday across South, West and North Delhi. Parts of Greater Kailash, Mayapuri and NH-24 are being “sanitised” by the department along with the Delhi Traffic Police and the MCDs.

Officials said the “right of way” was fixed by the Revenue Department. Each road has a different width size and anything exceeding that amounts to encroachment.Pavements, awnings and gates that were found encroaching upon roads have been removed.

While officials said no public notice had been issued, they claimed that residents had been informed. But residents claimed otherwise.

“We weren’t served any notice. We have been living here for decades and, suddenly, officials turned up and carried out demolitions. If it is an anti-encroachment drive, then they should take action against street vendors. We will be taking legal action against this move…,” GK-II RWA president Ashok Bagga said.

A senior PWD official said, “There have been several court orders. These roads are meant for traffic. People have constructed gates, shops, extended their balconies, created lanes for personal car parking, which are against the rules.”

Officials also said the drive had taken a back seat because of the Delhi polls.

ACP (Traffic) Anil Shukla said, “It’s the responsibility of the road-owning agency to remove encroachments. We are present to provide security. We have identified 41 corridors. Of these, 11 have been taken up on priority and a list has been submitted to the PWD.”

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  1. Qc Lab Sterling Tools
    Mar 19, 2015 at 11:29 am
    Delhi Govt under Kejriwal is also corrupt - they will not remove street vendors / tea shops / jhuggies as they are AAP's votebank. Kejriwal is only doing this exercise as an eyewash - I saw in GK, a resident of bunglaw who had put up guard-box on pavement - occupying less than half the pavement, the guard-box was removed by Govt officials but a cholle-bhature wala just 20 meters down the road was not touched .... Such is the bias of Kejriwal Govt.... "the fellow who owns a bunglow in GK worth 60 crores & drives around in Mercedes is the new enemy of the state in Delhi" Why this double standards Mr Kejriwal ??? Because jhuggie-waalas & street encroachers & rehriwaallas are your votebank ??? Are you not indulging in gross corruption thus ?????