DB issues notice to Housing Secy, others

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 1: In a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) highlighting encroachments by the shopkeepers and other unknown persons in the JDA Shopping Complex, Old Hospital Road and also in the adjoining areas, Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Sanjeev Kumar has issued notice to Commissioner Secretary Housing and Urban Development Department, Vice-Chairman JDA, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, SSP Jammu and SSP Traffic returnable within two weeks.
Advocate Ajay Sharma appearing for the petitioner Jagdish Chander Gupta submitted that due to encroachments by the shopkeepers in area it has become very difficult for the pedestrians to walk on the road.
“Numerous representations/ complaints made by the petitioner since 1993 have failed to evoke any response from the district administration, JDA and JMC and finally the petitioner has decided to take up this issue vigorously by approaching this  court so that a time bound action may be initiated in the matter”, the counsel for the petitioner submitted.
Division Bench, after hearing Advocate Ajay Sharma in length, directed Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation to file a detailed affidavit reflecting number of licenses issued in terms of the rules by the Municipal Corporation in favour of the Rehariwalas operating in the City Chowk to Central Basic School, Purani Mandi.
“The requisite details be reflected in the affidavit. Action with regard to the removal of illegal Reharies operating in the area, which is leading to unnecessary harassment to the pedestrian and also affect the smooth flow of traffic in the area, shall also be taken”, the DB further directed, adding “the JMC Commissioner shall also submit the action taken report with regard to the removal of encroachment by the shopkeepers and others in the area”.