Tribune News Service
Faridabad, September 14
The native Municipal Corporation at the moment carried out a serious demolition drive razing round 1,200 residential buildings of an unlawful colony that had come up on the civic physique’s land in Lakkadpur Khori village of the Aravalli forest area right here.
The eight-hour drive resulted in liberating about 30 acres that had been underneath unlawful occupation for over 20 years.
Prashant Atkan, Joint Commissioner of the MC’s NIT zone, stated notices had been issued to the encroachers, however they didn’t vacate the land. Atkan claimed the land belonged to the company and constructions weren’t allowed within the area because it was coated underneath the PLPA (Forest) Act, 1900.
The motion got here in response to a Supreme Court judgment that allowed the MC to clear its land of encroachments, he stated. The drive that started round 6 am led to panic among the many 5,000-odd residents of the locality. The authorities had detained 85 individuals in a pre-drive swoop final evening to evade any hassle or protest. Around 1,500 police personnel had been deployed whilst greater than a dozen JCB machines introduced down the buildings.
Working People Charter, an NGO related to human rights, in the meantime, has condemned the drive. “It’s unfortunate that the administration has rendered over 5,000 poor people homeless amid Covid. Over 150 protesters, including women, have been rounded up. The state government has breached its own policy of rehabilitation…. Most of the houses had water and power connections,” NGO member Nirmal Gorana stated.