In the wake of upcoming general elections, the probable drive of UP Avas Vikas against illegal commercial establishments could hang in balance for a temporary period.
To recall, a number of illegal shops function from houses along Sector 16 and other sectors. Besides, illegal flats on single plots are also on the radar after residents and mediapersons had pointed out the same to the Avas Vikas senior officials.
Notably, Superintending Engineer (SE) Narsingh Prasad had told the Editor of delhincrnews.in some time back that the Parishad was keen to take action against illegalities. The SE now said that as elections are approaching the staff would be busy preparing and training for the exercise, this might put a drive against illegal establishments temporarily on hold. The SE said that if the drive is not carried out in near future it will be definitely conducted after the elections are over.
The Avas Vikas officials had repeatedly said that notices were served to several such commercial establishments in the past violating the building byelaws, but as the Avas Vikas had to depend on external help such as police force, the whole procedure takes long.
Illegal shops across all sectors are thriving in Vasundhara since the last 15-20 years as the Avas Vikas failed to take action in the beginning itself. But with rising pollution levels and traffic congestion citizens are complaining about the utter disregard for rules. The problem is more chronic in Sector 16 where the illegal shopowners further patronise hawkers and vendors leaving no room for people to walk.
The Avas Vikas in the past had been loath to act against such illegalities, however SE Narsingh Prasad had repeatedly said that taking acting against such illegal trade is one of his priorities.
–Prasoon Pant, delhincrnews.in