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SDMC begins month-long anti-encroachment drive; Shaheen Bagh, Okhla on radar

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The BJP-run South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) would start a month-long anti-encroachment push in a number of locations under its control, civic officials said on Monday, though the exact dates have yet to be determined.

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The regions where the drive is expected to take place, according to SDMC Mayor Mukesh Suryan, include Okhla, Tilak Nagar, and Shaheen Bagh, among others.

On April 20, Delhi BJP Chief Adesh Gupta wrote to the mayors of the South and East corporations, requesting that encroachments “by Rohingyas, Bangladeshis, and anti-social elements” be removed from their jurisdictions.

According to Suryan, frequent meetings are held to “focus in” on the regions where excessive encroachment is causing traffic snarls and other problems.

“A meeting was held today (Monday) as well and a month-long plan has been prepared to remove encroachments from roads, footpaths and government land.  Encroachments can be seen in many areas such as Okhla, Madanpur Khadar, Tilak Nagar and Shaheen Bagh, among others. Sites are still being identified and a final list will soon be prepared,” the mayor said.

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The local authority has yet to settle on the dates for the anti-encroachment effort, he noted.
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s anti-encroachment effort in the Jahangirpuri region, which saw violence between two communities on April 16, received considerable condemnation last week. To put a halt to the action, the Supreme Court had to step in.
According to Suryan, clearing encroachments from roadways and government land is a “obligatory function” of every civic authority, and the SDMC is taking the same approach.

“Encroachers will not be spared,” he said, adding that before the anti-encroachment drive is launched, notices will be sent to those who have encroached upon public land, roads and footpaths.

According to the local officials, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) maintained its anti-encroachment effort in a number of locations, including IP Extension, Patparganj, Pandav Nagar, Vinod Nagar, Seelampur, Shakarpur, Ganesh Nagar, Rajgarh Colony, and Ambedkar Park.

Illegal temporary buildings were removed from pathways in these regions as part of the effort, according to EDMC Mayor Shyam Sundar Agarwal.

“The EDMC is committed to removing any encroachment on public land, roads and footpaths. Encroachment not only leads to traffic jams and restricts the movement of people but also makes an area dirty. Our anti-encroachment drive will continue,” he said.

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