Tribune News Service
Amritsar, July 22
The Amritsar Municipal Corporation seems to be helpless in front of the city police in removing illegal kiosks set up by cops on city roads. Despite the orders of the High Court, the MC is unable to remove the kiosks on footpaths. Last week, the police reportedly installed an illegal kiosk on the footpath near the bus stand. On July 19, when a team led by Dharminderjeet Singh, Estate Officer of MC reached the spot to remove the kiosk along with a ditch machine, the cops from the bus stand police post didn’t allow him to take action. The MC team returned without removing the illegal kiosk.
There are several locations where the police established kiosks or occupied the MC property, claimed officials. A police post near Sun City on Verka Road is being operationalised from an illegal kiosk, set under the BRTS over Bridge. The MC officials claimed that a shop of the MC is also occupied by police at Hall Gate. Several police posts illegally constructed the rooms on government property during the past a few years, claimed MC officials.
Dharminder Jeet Singh, Estate officer of the MC, said, “The illegal kiosk has been established by the police near bus stand and it is encroaching the footpath. The High Court orders are clear over the illegal encroachments and we don’t allow anyone to encroach footpaths or roads. The matter is in view of senior officials of MC. The kiosks would definitely be removed. We expect the police to act strict against violations, but in this case, the police only are responsible for violations.”
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