Delhi: MCD officials launch anti-encroachment drive near ITO graveyard to remove ‘illegal structures’


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MCD officials near the ITO cemetery with bulldozers to deal with encroachment

Disc against encroachment: The Delhi Municipal Corporation on Wednesday launched an anti-encroachment campaign near an ITO cemetery when authorities arrived with bulldozers and police escorts to remove “illegal structures,” an official said. About 50 illegal structures are to be demolished and traffic could continue on Thursday, the official said, adding that the action was under the direction of the High Court. Civil authorities said the perpetrators were given the “necessary opportunity” to provide title deeds before the action took place.

“The action against encroachments has begun. This is a two-day clean-up action, so it will continue on Thursday. During the action, temporary and permanent illegal buildings, kiosks, shacks, etc. will be demolished,” a PTI WDC representative said.

The action is held in the streets and lanes behind the Times of India building and on the periphery of the ITO cemetery. The civil body said it had written a letter to the Delhi Police requesting that proper police be deployed in advance for the trip.

A message sent to Delhi Police by MCD Executive Engineer (Central Zone) states that the civil authority has planned a clean up action on the public street behind the Times of India building in accordance with High Court guidelines.

“The invaders were given the necessary opportunity to produce their title deeds, but none of them were able to present title deeds. Accordingly, an encroachment elimination program has been scheduled for June 22 and 23, 2022. provide an adequate police force along with female police officers to maintain law and order,” the statement said.

In May, the city authorities held a series of such drills in Jahangirpuri, Shahin Bagh, Madanpur Hadar, Lodhi colony, Tilak Nagar and others. They had to face protests and resistance from local residents in some areas, including Jahangirpuri, during a protest against the encroachment.

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