MC takes lower back possession of assets after 17 yrs

It changed into a day of the historic feat for the Municipal Corporation today. After having contested the case for as many as 17 years in diverse courts, the civic body nowadays took again the possession of a large chunk of property that it owned, roads and a public park, within the posh Civil Lines location. The property had been allegedly annexed by using owners of Hotel Skylark, one of the high and antique hotels of the town.

HC had determined case over 4 months ago

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The roads had been so well amalgamated within the resort property that these fell within its compound. While a 24-toes extensive street at the rear aspect of the main motel building turned into being used as a tiled music to go over to the garden area for parties inside the backyard, the 10-ft extensive street and a huge park on the west face of the lodge were getting used as a parking zone. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had decided the case in the favor of the MC on May 29, 2018, but physical ownership became finally taken after over 4 months.

Today, officials from the Town Planning Department, who had about two months in the past dismantled the portion of a wall and damaged the rear gate (that’s the get admission to the 24-ft wide avenue), took complete ownership of the residences. A nearly 150-meter-long tube connecting the returned gate at the west face of the inn to any other back gate at the east facet become razed the usage of a JCB gadget to take get admission to of the road. The encroachments, along with on the east side and an iron gate that came at the manner, have been additionally eliminated.

Afterward, the 10-toes road at the car parking zone website online become demarcated. With a pink ink, a marking became executed on the floor which studies: “10-feet Street”. The park vicinity changed into then fenced by way of the officials on the web page.

Cong leaders support operation

While Congress leaders were stalling demolitions through the MC within the metropolis, it turned into for the primary time that they supported it.

Mayor Jagdish Raja, MLA, Jalandhar (Central), Rajinder Beri, and councilor Jasleen Sethi were given the demolition carried out of their presence. Residents of the Civil Lines Welfare Society, who had been pushing the case, these days sat on a dharna out of doors the motel worrying motion. Members Santokh Singh, Rajeev Sood, Davinder Pal Singh, and Varun Prashar said they were continually drawing near the MC to take possession of the houses and that they had been confident that it might be done these days, consequently they selected to squat out of doors the hotel this morning.

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It was manner back in 2001 that the MC officials had started giving notices to the lodge to vacate the occupied land, however, the proprietors went to courts taking a plea that they had deposited a compounding fee of Rs 8.99 lakh to the Municipal Town Planner on May 29, 2001. While the proprietors produced a copy of the memo, they didn’t produce its entire copy, alongside the formal plan. The matter from the lower courtroom became decided in opposition to the hotel owner, who went for a civil revision with the Punjab and Haryana High Court ultimate year. The excessive courtroom had sought the identify deed of the allegedly encroached region from the owner, which they again didn’t produce.

The courtroom orders examine, “From the memo, it cannot be held that for which encroachment this quantity has been taken. The encroachment on the public land, avenue or park, cannot be regularised as according to regulation”.

SAD leaders take aspects with hotelier

This is the first foremost MC action that has to arise considering Mayor Jagdish Raja took over in January this yr. Just as 5-hour lengthy motion had begun this morning, SAD leaders, along with former MLA Sarabjeet Makkar, district Youth Akali Dal president Sukhminder Rajpal and another SAD chief Iqbal Singh Dhindsa came to the spot and took sides with the hotelier. While the hotelier himself changed into no longer present, his son-in-law Harjap Singh, again and again, confronted the MC team that had come for action.

The welfare society of the residents played a main role in the taking on of the huge assets of the MC that is worth crores of rupees.

The citizens stated: “We are feeling relieved that our long-pending call for has subsequently been fulfilled and the public places in our colony which have been encroached upon for nearly two decades will sooner or later be utilized by citizens for whom these have been sincerely meant”.

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Rajeev Sood, the secretary of the society, said he was witnessing the problem for long.

“Finally, the issue has been resolved,” he said.

Councillor Jasleen Sethi said she had warned the officers that if there might be no action today, she would absorb the problem in the impending MC House meeting.

ATP Lakhbir Singh, who led the demolition drive, said in advance they’d gone to the spot on June 11. The lodge owners had then ensured that they could eliminate the gates and other systems on their very own.

“But even after 4 months, they did not act. The proprietors, as an alternative, once more approached the lower court with a sparkling petition but have to date not got any relief,” he stated.

Jason B. Barker