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Political patronage,lack of checks help encroachments thrive

In the run up to the Lok Sabha elections,it is the encroachers who seem to be having a free run.

In the run up to the Lok Sabha elections,it is the encroachers who seem to be having a free run. The encroachers are approaching leaders of political parties demanding laxity in the anti-encroachment drives that are held. Even in cases where they are challaned,requests for cancellation pour in thick and fast.

The marble market on the road between Sarangpur and Dhanas is one such market. The UT Estate Office has failed to remove the traders who have encroached upon around two kilometre stretch of land. The enforcement drive that was held a few months back was stalled after the intervention of Congress leaders. The traders were then given time to remove their material from the spot. However,the marble traders have once again put up structures at the site. Flags of political parties dot the market. The Estate Office seems to have turned a blind eye to the violations with enforcement drives in the area having been stalled.

The leaders of the BJP and the Congress are calling rallies of street vendors and hawkers,making several promises including providing markets for them. A few days back,deputy mayor Satish Kainth,along with a delegation of vendors,met the UT Inspector General of Police,alleging that a police personnel was demanding bribe from the vendors. Kainth stated that they were being targeted even though there were a large number of such vendors in Industrial Area.

Even in Sector 17,encroachers thrive in the corridors as well as the Plaza. While the area being right under the nose of the municipal corporation,the encroachers continue with their business unchecked. With the festival season approaching,the situation is likely to get worse.

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