In pursuance of orders of High court, Mussoorie- Dehradun Development Authority, Municipal Corporation, Dehadun and district administration has initiated action to demolish illegal encroachments and illegal constructions on footpaths, lanes and roads in Dehradun city. On Friday as part of the campaign, 88 illegal encroachments were demolished by 159 workers on Friday. A total of 199 encroached buildings were identified by 513 workers and sealing of 10 buildings were done by ten employees.
Additional Chief Secretary Om Parkash also reviewed the campaign to be followed to remove encroachments at a meeting held at Women Industrial Training Institute, RDT Auditorium at Survey Chowk on Friday.,
Om Parkash said that work of removing encroachments by buildings and on public spaces is being undertaken as per the orders of the high court in Dehradun. He said that after the anti-encroachment drive, the work on widening and beautification of roads will be done so that general public is benefitted. Om Parkash said that since there is less traffic on roads on Saturday and Sunday so anti-encroachment drive will be undertaken more vigorously. An Anti-Encroachment task force has been formed for the purpose in which revenue administration, civil, criminal, additional secretary, justice; PWD and Municipal Corporation have been associated.
Asish Shrivastava, Chief of Task Force to remove encroachments who is also vice-president of Mussoorie-Dehradun Development Authority informed Om Parkash that he is personally supervising the anti-encroachment drive on the ground daily.
He said that the administration has been trying to identify the people who are removing the marks put up on encroached buildings. Action would be taken to file FIRs for putting obstacles in government works against such persons.
SA Murugesan, Dehradun District Magistrate said that anti-encroachment drive is being undertaken as per rules. He appealed for cooperation in implementing the orders of the high court. He said that the owners of the buildings who have encroached public land should remove the encroachments themselves immediately otherwise government will ensure action against such encroachments.
He said that if the encroachments are removed by the state government then the owners will be charged for such action as per land revenue rules.