A joint team of the Estate Office and the Municipal Corporation removed encroachments on government land worth over Rs 9 crore during a drive carried out in Sector 30 today amid a protest.
The plot, measuring 1,147 sq yards, was in the possession of the management of Shri Guru Ravidas Gurdwara Management Committee for the past 35 years. While the Administration termed the structure illegal, the gurdwara committee accused officers of removing the structure without a notice.Followers of the gurdwara assembled in large numbers and opposed the action. Pardeep Chhabra, president, Chandigarh Congress, also joined the protest and condemned the action. The drive was carried out in the presence of the police.
The protesters also tried to block the road, which was cleared by the police. The protest continued till the evening. Sources said the encroached area was worth Rs 9 crore as per the latest policy announced by the Administration.In the policy, the Administration has decided to allot the land for institutional purposes through the system of limited auction.
Om Parakash Chopra, president of the gurdwara management committee, said the plot was in their possession since 1982.
He said they had requested the Administration to allot the plot to the gurdwara and it was under consideration for long. He said they had challenged the order of the Estate Office passed in January 2017, which turned down their application to allot the land, before the High Court. He said the High Court had directed the Administration to consider their application afresh. They met the Secretary, Estate, on April 27 but before any decision on their application was taken, the demolition drive was carried out. Chopra said the protest would continue till they got the land back