70 houses razed in Behlolpur village

Two JCB machines pressed into service

Tribune News Service
Mohali, February 11

Around 70 pucca houses, all illegally constructed, were razed down by a team of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) during a demolition drive at Behlolpur village located behind the Civil Hospital, Phase 6, here on Monday.

A team from the GMADA regulatory wing, accompanied by nearly 60 policemen, reached the spot on Monday morning and started its operation at the village. While the demolition drive was being carried out, several occupants bolted themselves inside their houses to scuttle the drive, others showed resistance to save their houses. Earlier, two JCB machines were pressed into service to demolish the houses.

Amaninder Brar, Estate Officer (Regulatory), who led the drive, said notices were served to owners of these houses in November. “These structures were being raised in contravention to the provisions of the Punjab New Capital Periphery Control Act, the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995, and master plan of Mohali,” Brar said.

She said most of the houses were double-storeyed. “Several occupants bolted themselves inside their houses. So, we didn’t touch those structures. Those will be demolished soon,” he said.

The residents opposed the GMADA team’s action in extreme weather condition. “Where would we go with our families in such weather condition? We all belong to a humble background and invest our life savings in houses. Now, we are all destroyed,” rued the residents.

The drive against illegal construction would continue in other parts of the area under the GMADA jurisdiction, Brar added.

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