Jammu, January 08: To further intensify the anti-encroachment drives, Jammu Municipal Corporation along with Officers of Deputy Commissioner Office, Jammu and Police in compliance to the Orders of Division Bench of Hon’ble High Court in WPPIL no. 27/2017 titled Court on its own motion V/S state of J&K & Ors., dated 28/03/2018, conducted an anti-encroachment drive in the areas like Gumat, Dogra Chowk, Jewel Chowk, Vivekanand Chowk near Rivera Hotel and adjoining areas in order to ease traffic congestions and ensure free movement of pedestrians on footpaths.
The drive was conducted on the instructions of Commissioner, JMC, Pankaj Magotra (KAS) accompanied by Asstt. Commissioner (Rev.), Vijay Kumar Sharma (KAS); Tehsildar, Jammu, Ravi Sharma; Dy. Superintendent of Police, Shwetambri Sharma; Dy. Superintendent of Police (Traffic), Jammu, Jeevan Sharma; Madan Lal, Enforcement Officer, JMC, SHO concerned area, DTI of the concerned area and enforcement staff of JMC.
During the drive, the special squad of Jammu Municipal Corporation seized six trucks of material like counters, and other material displayed by the shopkeepers in front of their shops and footpaths causing traffic congestions and free flow of pedestrians. The team also lifted illegally rehires and removed unauthorized hoardings/flexes from these areas. The enforcement team of JMC also dismantled cemented Thara creating obstructions in free movement of vehicles as well as pedestrians.
Moreover, 25 no. of vehicles were challenged by Traffic Police for violating traffic rules by parking their vehicles on the roads causing traffic congestion in the above-said area and also seized one vehicle parking wrongly on the road.
Jammu Municipal Corporation has been repeatedly issuing advisories to the shopkeepers regarding the removal of encroachments by shopkeepers through public notices. Besides, notices have been served in the areas like Hari Market, Indira Chowk, Canal Road, Jewel, Vinayak Bazar, Below Gumat, Gandhi Nagar, Talab Tillo, Gole Pully, Patta Chungi, Bohri, Poonch House, Vikram Chowk by JMC to shopkeepers violating rules by displaying their goods beyond the shutter line of their shops. An action shall be initiated against the defaulters/encroachers in terms of Section 232 of the Municipal Corporation Act, 2000 which may further lead towards the sealing of the shops as per law. Instructions were also issued to the street vendors/phari walas to ply their rehires only in the rehri zones established by Jammu Municipal Corporation. Such type of drives shall continue in near future also.