Tribune News Service
Faridabad, July 21
The demolition drive at Khori Gaon Colony here remained halted on the eighth day today in wake of public holiday (Eid ul-Adha).
The authorities concerned have claimed that it might be resumed tomorrow as a large number of constructions still exist on the government land that had been notified as forestland in 1992. As many as 600 structures were razed on Tuesday.
“Though halting the drive could be a temporary relief, the threat of losing one’s house still lingers on as the authorities have reiterated that all the encroachments here will be demolished in compliance with the Supreme Court order,” says Pritam, who had built a two-room structure a few years ago.
He said that residents whose houses face demolition were still hoping against hope that the drive might come to an end soon.
Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) has removed around 3,300 constructions spread over 172 acres of forestland so far, according to sources, though the officials are tightlipped over the number.
“The demolition will continue till all the encroachments are removed,” said an official who said that the drive was in compliance with the Supreme Court order of June 7.
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