Ludhiana, July 25

Even though the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) keeps dragging their feet when it comes to removal of permanent encroachments, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued directions to the State of Punjab to provide police assistance as demanded by GLADA officials to enable them to remove the remaining encroachments out of the list provided to the HC.

Taking up the petition filed by the Council of RTI Activists president Rohit Sabharwal, Justice Avneesh Jhingan placed on record the status report filed by GLADA Chief Administrator PS Gill which stated that necessary action was being taken for removal of encroachments while adding that for removal of encroachments listed on serial numbers 1, 5 and 6, the police help was required which was not being provided in spite of a request.

During the hearing of petition on July 23, the HC handed over a copy of the petition to the AAG, Punjab, with the directions to provide police assistance to the respondent (GLADA). “He (the AAG) undertakes that police help would be provided within 10 days from the date of hearing and respondents will be informed,” observed the HC.

“Let the needful be done by the adjourned date (September 26, 2019),” Justice Jhingan directed.

With regard to encroachments under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation listed in details provided by GLADA, the HC accepted the plea of the counsel for respondent no. 4 (MC) to be given some more time to file an affidavit with regard to encroachments listed on serial no. 3, 4 and 10.

On the last date of hearing of the COCP (on April 29, 2019), the GLADA CA had submitted that out of 12 encroachments referred to in the reply, three had been removed, and another, where a government primary school was located, was not considered an encroachment and those at number no. 9 and 12 were under litigation. It was further stated (by GLADA) that with regard to encroachments listed at serial number 1, 5 and 6, notices had already been issued to illegal occupants under Section 46(1) of the Punjab Regional Town Planning and Development Act and necessary follow-up action was being taken.

The GLADA CA had further submitted that encroachments listed on number 3, 4 and 10 involving two acres of green belt in Dhandari Kalan Phase-I, 3 acres in Dhandari Kalan Phase-III and 1.2 acres in Sector 40 having nearly 750 jhuggis, respectively, were under the jurisdiction of the MC. Accordingly, it was ordered that Kanwalpreet Brar, Commissioner, MC Ludhiana, be impleaded as a respondent and notice be issued to her for next date of hearing.

Encroachments in GLADA area

  • 1.5 acre in Dugri Phase I, II, III
  • 1 acre in Dhandari Kalan Phase IV
  • 0.43 acre in Sector 39

In MC area

  • Two acres of green belt in Dhandari Kalan, Phase-I
  • Three acres in Dhandari Kalan, Phase-III
  • 1.2 acre in Sector 40 having nearly 750 jhuggis