About 35 structures have been removed out of around 80 structures from the encroached government land in Shifan Court, Mussoorie so far in more than two weeks. While informing about this, the executive officer of Mussoorie municipality, M L Shah added that there are still two days left of the time given by the district administration to the occupants of these illegal structures to remove their construction.
Last month, the district administration demolished around 15 isolated encroachments in Shifan Court and according to the officials, about 65 occupants of the remaining structures signed affidavit and agreed to remove their encroachment. The administration provided these occupants time till September 10 to remove the encroachment on their own as per their signed affidavit and if the occupants fail to do so by the given day, the administration will be bound to do it on its own. However, the occupants have purportedly removed only about 20 encroachments on their own out of about 80 encroachments and most of the locals living there are consistently opposing this move by the State Government. Some have also alleged that though the people have provided affidavit to evacuate the place by September 10, officials continued to visit them regularly and reminded them to remove the encroachment soon which, according to some locals, felt like harassment to them. However, the officials have denied such claims stating that no one was harassed by any official in the said area. Furthermore, when Shah was asked about the plan of removing the remaining encroachments from Shifan Court if the occupants fail to remove them by the given time, he said the actions will be taken as per the directions of the administration. It is pertinent to mention here that the said encroachments are being removed to facilitate the construction work of Purkul-Mussoorie ropeway which has reportedly been delayed due to various factors including the said encroachment.
Wednesday, 09 September 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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