DB directives in PIL on encroachments in old city

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 24: In a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Jagdish Chander Gupta highlighting encroachments by the shopkeepers and other unknown persons in the JDA Shopping Complex near City Chowk and also in the area adjoining the same, Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Sanjay Gupta today directed the Jammu Municipal Corporation to file Action Taken Report.
When the PIL came-up for hearing, Division Bench observed, “status report has been filed on behalf of the Jammu Municipal Corporation wherein it is stated that during the anti-encroachment drive number of material, Rehris, hoarding, banners, counters etc have been seized”.
“It is further stated that as many as 461 notices have been issued to the shopkeepers, who had extended their shops beyond shutter limits.  It is stated that 287 shopkeepers have removed the encroachments and carried on their business within the limits of their shops”, the DB further observed, adding “it is also stated that 10 shops have been issued final notices and in case they did not remove the encroachment within ten days, action will be followed by sealing of their shops”.
Upon this, Division Bench directed JMC to file status report regarding the action taken by it. On the request of Advocate Ajay Sharma, who was appearing for the petitioner, the DB also directed Jammu Municipal  Corporation to reflect the number of Rehris seized and dumped in dump-yard in next status report.