The MC and Gmada were directed to remove all illegal and unauthorised encroachments from footpaths, open spaces, parks, corridors, streets, roads and pavements within six months in 2020. But the orders were not complied with. A division bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu directed the two officials to appear in person to file reply by November 24.
Bansal said, “We will file our reply in the court. We have been carrying out anti-encroachments drives from time to time, but we will now chalk out a comprehensive plan to remove all such encroachments.”
Kaur said, “The area defined in the contempt notice falls under the Gmada jurisdiction and we had already written to it to get the encroachments removed.”
Area Social Welfare Association, Phase XI, Mohali, in its petition sought contempt proceedings against the respondents for having intentionally and willfully disobeying and flouting the orders on September 30, 2020, directing them to remove the encroachments. The petition said many street and vegetable vendors had encroached upon open spaces in front of the HIG houses in Phase XI. They have also set up temporary kiosks on footpaths, said the petition, seeking directions to remove the illegal vendors.
The petition said at some places, spaces at corner houses have ben encroached upon and lawns extended, narrowing the roads that have been causing accidents.