No wall too big for animals, say experts

INDORE: Indore municipal corporation (IMC) seized 13 trucks parked illegally on either side of the road near trenching ground on Saturday during an anti-encroachment drive.

Officials said that they were receiving complaints for a long time about the illegal parking of trucks in the area.

“Most of them used the pavements to park and repair their trucks, we had given them warning earlier, but they did not follow the rules,” said MS Chouhan, deputy commissioner, IMC.

Chouhan said that while the trucks will be returned to the owners, strict action would be taken against them to ensure such activities do not take place in future.

Officials of civic body alleged that they had to face a lot of protest from the owners. “They were agitated, many of them had started pelting stones on us,” Chouhan said.

This is not the first time that the civic body has taken action against vehicles parked on roadside. Earlier also they had removed vehicles from government land. However, they were unable to completely solve the problem. “We will keep running such drives to check violation of rules. Strict penalty is also a good option for us,” Chouhan said.

Officials of civic body said that they were planning to not return the seized illegally parked vehicles to teach a lesson to the violators. Vendors and shop owners have been asked to only the use the hawking zones made by the civic body for their business.

While the civic body claimed that the shops were set up on government land, some shop owners claimed that they were running them on private land. “My shop was on a private land, still they removed it,” a tea shop owner at Vijay Nagar claimed.

However, the officials said that even if some shops were run on vacant land, they were illegal as the land could not be left vacant without barricades and permission is required for doing commercial activities on it.

Date : 01 December 2016

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