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Sealing drive: MC writes to LIT to cancel allotment of plots

A day after the sealing drive turned into a flop show,MC Commissioner A K Sinha wrote to Ludhiana improvement trust Chairman M M Vyas to cancel the allotment of all those plots at BRS Nagar that have not changed the land use.

Commissioner A K Sinha asks police to register FIRs against protesters who broke locks of showrooms sealed by MC team

A day after the sealing drive turned into a flop show,MC Commissioner A K Sinha wrote to Ludhiana improvement trust (LIT) Chairman M M Vyas to cancel the allotment of all those plots at BRS Nagar that have not changed the land use from residential to commercial and are running showrooms. Apart from this,Sinha said that they have written to the police authorities to register FIRs against the protesters who had broken the locks of showrooms sealed by MC team.

The sealed showrooms: Sant footwear,LG,Rana Electronics,Grewal Sweet Shop etc were fully operational on Wednesday and were doing business. Their locks were broken on Tuesday afternoon itself,making a mockery of the drive.

Meanwhile,the MC has asked the police to register FIRs against the mob because they have no idea who all were helping to break the locks. Asked if politicians were helping the owners,Sinha said,“We are not yet aware of this.”

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Though the MC chief has asked LIT to cancel the plots,most of the houses have been sold to many people over the years. Replying to a query related to this issue,Sinha said,“Still there must be some name in the papers. The Trust team will take action accordingly.”

Till now,instructions exist only for BRS Nagar which was originally developed by LIT and later transferred to the MC for maintenance. Almost all the blocks have thick commercial activity with major brands opening their showrooms. But Tuesday’s action came on only E Block road.

However,LIT trustee Gurinderpal Singh Pappu and SAD MLA Harish Rai Dhanda were supporting the protesters on Tuesday. So there is a big question mark on whether LIT will be able to cancel the plots.

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Meanwhile,the shopkeepers stated that they have invested lakhs of rupees in buying land on this road and will not allow the Corporation to carry out a ‘pick and choose’ policy. The prices of land on this road have increased to Rs 80,000 per square yard while for residential accommodation,the prices are between Rs 40,000 and Rs 50,000 per square yard.

First published on: 17-02-2011 at 12:47:27 am
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