An anti-encroachment drive by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) turned out to be a damp squib when the team had to face the ire of property dealers on Dhandra road on Thursday.
The property dealers stopped the JCB machine of the team and raised slogans. They said because of the continuous action of GLADA against illegal colonies,their business had come to a standstill. They demanded some relaxations in the norms of raising colonies.
Dr Jaswant Singh,additional commissioner administrator of GLADA,said,On Thursday,we had little police force with us and had not expected such a protest. So we had to suspend our drive midway. We have sought more police force from police commissioner so that we can conduct our drive without any hassle.
More than 100 protesters came all of a sudden when the GLADA team reached one colony. Later,the GLADA team had to return after high drama which continued for more than 45 minutes.