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.”