The building branch of the MC carried out anti-encroachment drive at four different places in the city today.
High tension was created at 33-feet road where flats for slum dwellers under Jawahar Lal National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) are coming up.
But on the back of this site,a few encroachers had built more than 20 pucca houses,measuring 50 sq yards or little more. The MC team under the supervision of assistant town planner (ATP) Kamalpreet Kaur had gone to demolish the houses but because of heavy rain on the spot,the encroachers were given a two-day time to vacate the place on their own.
Earlier,they had started staging protest to foil the MC teams attempt to bring down the illegal structures. A few encroachers were also armed with registration papers of the houses under the possession. Kaur however said that some unscrupulous property dealers may have hoodwinked them by preparing fake registration papers of these houses.
It may be recalled that the team had gone to conduct a demolition drive on some occasions in the past as well,but had to beat a retreat in face of the protests staged by the residents. Kaur however said that this time the area would be cleared of all encroachments if the squatters failed to vacate the area on their own within two days.
Afterwards,the team went to Jamalpur side where jhuggis had come up on 450 square yard MC land. Even these encroachers were given a two-day time because of the rains.
At Tibba Road,however,the sheds of Gujjars were demolished which were constructed on MC sem nala. The Gujjars were living along with their cattle in this area.
Another demolition drive was conducted near the corporations office in Kidwai Nagar. Here,a family was living in a pucca house made in MC park area. This encroachment was demolished.