Hundreds of shopkeepers shut their outlets and sat on dharna on Kotakpura and Malaut roads to protest against the administrations move to demolish shops and houses in Muktsar to widen roads. After they claimed to be the legal owners of the land,they were granted time till Monday to submit proof to substantiate their claims.
Muktsar DC Paramjeet Singh told a delegation of shopkeepers who met him that they will have to present proof that shows they owned the land prior to 2004.
This can be presented in the form of electricity bills or other such documents, the DC said.
Earlier,the shopkeepers,after closing the market,staged a sit-in to thwart the administrations attempt to demolish their structures. The Muktsar Municipal Committee plans to widen the Kotakpura and Malaut roads and has served notices to more than 100 shopkeepers asking them to vacate 16.5 feet land from their shops. The civic body claims that the shops have come up on government land. Meanwhile,the Gidderbaha civic body will launch a drive on Friday to demolish over 200 shops and houses that have come up on NH-15.