Dehradun 30 June, 2018-In pursuance of orders of honorable High court, Mussoorie- Dehradun Development Authority, Municipal Corporation, Dehradun and district administration has initiated action to demolish illegal encroachments and illegal constructions on footpaths, lanes and roads in Dehradun city. On Saturday as part of the campaign, 94 illegal encroachments were demolished by 253 workers. A total of 142 encroached buildings were identified by 655 workers and sealing of 65 buildings were done by 75 employees.
Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash also reviewed the campaign to be followed to remove encroachments and identification of encroachments and further action at a meeting held at Women Industrial Training Institute, RDT Auditorium at Survey Chowk on Saturday.
Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash said that work of removing encroachments by buildings and on public spaces is being undertaken as per the orders of the honorable high court in Dehradun. He said that wherever the anti-encroachment drive is being undertaken, traffic is being diverted so that anti-encroachment work as well the traffic remain unaffected. He appealed to the people to support the anti-encroachment drive and keep patience so that the road widening and beautification work could be speeded up. He said that the general public is supporting the anti-encroachment drive and hoped that in future also people will support the administration in the move. He further said that anti-encroachment drive within the limits of Dehradun Municipal Corporation will continue till each and every encroachment is removed.
He said that if those people whose buildings have been identified for demolition wants to meet him, then their problems will be solved as per the rules.
Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash said that in view of the coming Kanwar mela, the anti-encroachment drive against identified encroachments will be speeded up. He said that the number of teams for identification and demolition of encroachments will be increased to speed up the work. The identification teams have been increased from four to six while the number of demolition teams are increased from present six to eight.
Om Prakash also instructed Dehradun District Magistrate not to allow Sunday market to avoid pressure of traffic around the Sunday market. He said that an Anti-encroachment Task force has been formed having Additional Secretary justice, revenue administration, civil and criminal, PWD and Dehradun Municipal Corporation officials are involved.
Ashish Srivastava, Chief of Task Force to remove encroachments who is also vice-president of Mussoorie-Dehradun Development Authority said that pillars are being erected at those placed where encroachments are removed so that till the widening of roads fresh encroachments are not done. Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash instructed that it should be ensured that all such pillars are marked. Ashish Srivastava said that in a major drive 63 shops on Saharanpur road and three shops on Haridwar road were sealed on Saturday. He said that anti-encroachment drive is being monitored daily.
District Magistrate S.A.Murugesan, Chief City Commissioner Vijay Jogdande, Chief Engineer PWD Rajinder Goel, Secretary MDDA P.C. Dumka, Under Secretary Dinesh Kumar Punetha and officials connected with the anti-encroachment drive were present in the meeting