Two months after anti-encroachment drive, Delhi roads choked again

At seven stretches in Delhi where spot checks were carried out, pavements had been reoccupied by hawkers and cars were parked illegally, blocking traffic flow.

A view of Khari Baoli in New Delhi. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation along with the Delhi Traffic Police and the New Delhi Municipal Council had carried out one of the city’s biggest anti-encroachment drives in May.

Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Two months after a Special Task Force (STF) carried out a series of anti-encroachment drives in the national Capital on the orders of the Supreme Court, squatters and illegally parked cars are back on roads that had been marked out by the committee as the most problematic. At all seven stretches where spot checks were carried out by HT on Wednesday — Uttam Nagar, Dabri, Vikas Marg, Sri Aurobindo Marg (Yusuf Sarai), RK Puram, Ma Anandmayee Marg and Baba Fateh Singh Marg (Govindpuri) — the pavements had been reoccupied by hawkers and cars were parked illegally, blocking the flow of traffic.

When confronted with these findings, vice-chairperson of the Delhi Development (DDA) Udai Pratap Singh, who also heads the STF, said that stopping encroaches from returning will have to be an ongoing process. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation along with the Delhi Traffic Police and the New Delhi Municipal Council had carried out one of the city’s biggest anti-encroachment drives in May. Teams had targeted restaurants and meat shops in the area, which had constructed permanent illegal structures such as stairways, ramps, kitchen space, and drainage lines.

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