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GURJGAON-Local politician stops demolition drive in Sec 72WHILE COMMISSIONER YADAV DECLINED TO COMMENT, AREA MLA UMESH AGGARWAL COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT DESPITE REPEATED CALLS

January 11, 2019 07:00 AM

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Local politician stops demolition drive in Sec 72WHILE COMMISSIONER YADAV DECLINED TO COMMENT, AREA MLA UMESH AGGARWAL COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT DESPITE REPEATED CALLS

GURUGRAM: A team of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) officials that had gone to demolish illegal structures in Sector 72 on Thursday had to return without completing the drive following protest by a local leader, officials privy to the matter said.

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MCG officials were scheduled to demolish four under-construction structures being erected illegally on agriculture land.
MCG officials were scheduled to demolish four under-construction structures which they said were being erected illegally on an agriculture piece of land, but were only able to demolish two of them.

MCG officials said a team led by executive engineer Gopal Kalawat, sub-divisional officers and junior engineers with two heavy-duty vehicles reached the spot around 11am. “We had approval from the local court to carry out the demolition and had had police cover for the same. But, we could not proceed as a local leader came in front of the vehicles. Left with no choice, we had to halt the drive midway,” Kahlawat said refusing to identify the local leader by his name.

MCG commissioner Yashpal Yadav declined to comment on the issue.

Area MLA Umesh Aggarwal could not be reached for a comment despite repeated phone calls.

Joint commissioner Ravinder Yadav, who was appointed as the nodal officer for Thursday’s demolition, said, “The drive was cancelled due to protests by a local leader. However, we will be carrying out another demolition drive in the area in near future. We will go prepared to keep action against those who try to obstruct MCG from carrying out their work.”

MCG officials have had their work stopped and faced violence during demolition and antiencroachment drives in the past as well. On numerous occasions last year, residents living within 300 metres of the IAF ammunition depot, a restricted area, in Sector 14 pelted stones at MCG teams that were there to remove encroachments to prevent them from sealing and demolishing structures.

 

 
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