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JAMMU: In compliance to the directions of Division Bench, a joint team of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) conducted anti-encroachment drive in the areas of Parade and Raj Tilak Road on Thursday late night.
The drive was conducted on the instructions of Commissioner JMC, Arvind Kotwal under the supervision of Joint Commissioner (A), JMC Rishpal Singh and Secretary JMC, Sunaina Sharma. The police force from Parade and Pacca Danga Police Stations also assisted the municipal team.
During the drive, the team observed that most of the shopkeepers had raised Pacca Tharas in front of their shops which obstructed free movement of pedestrians as well as free flow of water in the public drains.
“The notices under Municipal Corporation Act 2000 have already been issued to the defaulters for removal of encroachments. Moreover, announcements were also made by the field staff of JMC in this matter,” a JMC official said.
During the drive, the team dismantled a number of Tharas in the Raj Tilak Road.
Earlier, as a part of anti-encroachment drive, two shops which were sealed due to violation of Section 232 of Municipal Corporation Act, 2000 were de-sealed as per orders from Division Bench of High Court J&K after deposit of Rs 50,000 along with undertaking to the Judicial Registrar not to repeat the violation. Division Bench also held that in case of violation of High Court order the amount shall be forfeited.
Jammu Municipal Corporation appealed to the shopkeepers not to construct illegal Tharas and slabs over the drains and remove the unauthorised Pacca / cemented Tharas at their own to avoid action on the part of JMC.
“Action shall be initiated against the defaulters/ encroachers in terms of Section 232 of the Municipal Corporation Act, 2000 which may further lead towards sealing of the shops,” he said.
On Friday morning, traders of Raj Tilak Road staged protest against the drive conducted by the administration by closing their shops.
Later, ADC Jammu, Arun Manhas reached the spot and pacified the protesters.
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