To counter the “misconception” about demolition campaigns in the capital, Delhi Municipality on Thursday issued a hotline where people can seek clarification on its encroachment removal actions, officials said. officials. The move comes after the Aam Aadmi party alleged that the MCD was “targeting the poor” through demolition campaigns across the city.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had held a meeting with all AAP MPs on May 16 and asked them to oppose such demolition campaigns.
Kejriwal had said the demolition campaigns in Delhi would render 63 lakh homeless and would be the “biggest destruction” in independent India, while accusing the BJP of “abusing” power.
A public notice issued in this regard said that a “misleading campaign” has been launched recently that the civic body will demolish buildings and shops in unauthorized settlements.
“It is hereby clarified that MCD has no such plans. Encroachments in parks and roads are only removed to the extent that the people of Delhi have the right to clear and clean roads, parks and hygienic environments… For any clarification/information in this regard, you can contact the Directorate of Press and Information telephone number 8588813545 ,” It said.
The notice stated that the MCD is serving the people of Delhi and always will be.
“Citizens are urged not to fall prey to such a misleading campaign,” the civic body said in the notice.
An MCD official said the need to publish such a notice was necessary because opposition parties were constructing a “false narrative” of the MCD targeting the poor under the guise of encroachment campaigns.
”These allegations are not true. Encroachment removal actions are intended only to free up occupied government lands and roads. If in doubt, people can call the given number for clarification on any encroachment or demolition campaign in their area,’ the official said.
Earlier this month, a series of anti-encroachment campaigns were carried out by the former civic bodies of North, East and South in different parts of the city including Jahangirpuri, Shaheen Bagh, Madanpur Khadar, New Friends Colony, Mangolpuri, Rohini, Gokulpuri, Lodhi Colony, Janakpuri, Hari Nagar among others. Municipal authorities faced opposition from residents against the campaign in Shaheen Bagh, Madanpur Khadar and Jahangirpuri.
The AAP had accused the BJP, which previously ruled the three municipalities, of targeting the poor through such campaigns.
The MCD on Wednesday waged an anti-encroachment campaign in Naraina Industrial Zone in southwest Delhi as officials reached the spot with bulldozers and removed illegal temporary structures including Dhabas, shops and kiosks. AAP leader Durgesh Pathak targeted the MCD over the road in the Naraina industrial zone and alleged that the civic body had ‘demolished’ several shops without even notifying shopkeepers.
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