The UT Estate Office seems to have been caught napping,with encroachments on land earlier vacated by it going unchecked. A mazar (shrine) has come up in Sector 38 (W) on land that was vacated by the Estate Office and a barbed wire put around it to prevent encroachment.
Around two years ago,an illegal colony with a substantial population that existed on the land was removed. However,over the last two weeks,a mazar started coming up at the site. A grave was built. It was then covered with a green cloth. Two concrete structures have now been built there.
Area residents said that they have seen the structure come up before their eyes in a matter of days. Every day that we passed the area,the size of the encroachment had increased. People have started visiting the mazar to pay obeisance. No care is being taken to ensure that the area remains free from encroachment, said a resident.
With the authorities having turned a blind eye,the residents are concerned that if allowed to remain at the site,the mazar will become a permanent structure and it will become difficult for the authorities to remove it as has been a case with number of other structures across the city.