Sealing drive: Local shopping centres face heat

NEW DELHI: The are back: only, this time the focus is largely on clearing up the . While the has seen a noticeable over the last one month, with officials citing lack of as a hurdle, large-scale is now being conducted on across the capital. Acting on the Supreme Court’s recent order, the corporations on Monday cleared up many roads at Khari Baoli, Naya Bazar, Janakpuri, Chhatarpur, Ignou Road, Nangloi, Peera Garhi, Rohini and Karol Bagh.
Corporation official said special task force teams from the licencing department had been constituted in all 12 administrative zones of Delhi and they were being directed by the respective deputy commissioners. “Our mandate is to clear roads from illegal vendors, hawkers, squatters and shanties. Permanent as well as temporary encroachments, including illegally parked vehicles, are being targeted,” a corporation official heading the action team in west zone of south corporation said.

As part of the drive, SDMC officials cleared around 10km of road in the west and Najafgarh zones on Monday. As many as 44 vehicles were seized and 40 carts and items like counters, tables and cylinders were confiscated. The officials also challaned several trucks and demolished six permanent structures. “While complying with the instructions of the special task force, a drive was carried out on the stretch between the metro stations in Janakpuri (east) and Uttam Nagar (east) and from Dwarka Mode to Najafgarh,” an SDMC spokesperson said. After SDMC removed 275 structures on Sunday, it followed up on the action by targeting the areas around Najafgarh Tura Mandi, Nangli Vihar Chowk, Arjun Park and Sai Baba Mandir.

North corporation also removed encroachments at multiple locations, such as old Delhi’s Khari Baoli, Naya Bazar, Nangloi, Peeragarhi and Rohini. Four truckloads of goods and spices were seized from the main market in Khari Baoli and Naya Bazar in Walled City and about 2,600 sqm area was cleared. A north corporation spokesperson said 20 pucca structures, spread over 1500sqft, were removed in Peeragarhi, Udyog Nagar and Nangloi. “From Camp Chowk to Dheerpur, about 2,000sqm of permanent encroachment was cleared. Also, 1800sqm of temporary encroachments was removed. At Kingsway Camp, the drive focused on removing squatters till the Vijay Nagar railway line. Illegal extensions, like staircases, outside 200 shops were demolished,” the spokesperson said.

The axe fell on illegal structures in Mukarba Chowk and Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar where seven trucks were impounded and 800sqm cleared. Another team removed jhuggies, advertisement boards, rickshaws and steel counters on the Paharganj-Jhandewalan stretch. The civic body also cleared a 2km stretch from Zakhira to Moti Nagar.

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