Relief for residents, traders

20 encroachments removed on Tuesday. Ten shops also pulled down

Indore: The joint anti- encroachment drive of district administration and IMC from Chhawni road hit roadblock on Tuesday when local residents and traders received stay from the Indore bench of High Court. The team managed to pull down about 20 encroachments when it had to stop action following the court order.

Relief for residents, traders

To widen the road from Madhumilan Square to Jagannath Bridge, the jointteam ventured out on Tuesday morning to remove obstacles from the road. The team started its action from Madhumilan Square. However, the officials had to stop action as the residents and traders submitted copies of the HC court order for stay on removal action. They started sticking photocopies of the stay order on their shops and residences.

SDM Dr Varadmurthi Mishra, who was leading the team, said that the buildings of people who got stay from the HC would not be touched. Over 60 people received stay from the High Court till March 5 and 6 and their next hearing would be held on March 6 and 7. Hence, the team will wait till further court order.

However, one Agrawal family, despite having court stay, volunteered to raze his encroached portion. In the morning, the team managed to pull down a few courtyards and 10 sheds. The team also used JBCs to dismantle 10 tin- shed shops, which are said to be set up by the IMC itself.  IMC Deputy Commissioner MPS Arora said that after examining their documents, a reasonable solution will be given to them.

Grass- shelter pulled down

A shelter made of grass and tin was also pulled- down by the JCB. One local BJP leader came forward to protect it but the officials and the police personnel shooed him away and completed the task. Police and local people said that notorious people of the area used to drink narcotic substance there.

Action will continue

Amid the most prevalent possibility of coming into force the Model Code of Conduct ( MCC) from tomorrow morning, The action of joint team will continue from Chhawani Road evenm after imposition of Model Code. Collector Aakash Tripathi said that action would continue despite imposition of Code on Wednesday because it’s an ongoing task. However, no new road will be taken up for action.

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