JAMMU, July 21: In compliance to the Division Bench order, Jammu Municipal Corporation conducted a number of anti-encroachment drives and sealed M/s New R.K. Electronics as well as M/s Sonnet House at Indira Chowk for their failure to comply with the repeated directions against encroachment.
These shops served with initial notice under section 232 of Municipal Corporation Act, 2000 and then served with final notice under section 371 of Municipal Corporation Act, 2000.
The drive was conducted on the instructions of Commissioner, JMC, Arvind Kotwal, under the supervision of Secretary, JMC, Sunaina Sharma, accompanied by Enforcement Officer Kamini Kesar, Revenue Officers, JMC Parmod Sabharwal, Ashwani Sudan, Parveen Gupta, Sunil Gupta, SHO of concerned Police Station and enforcement staff of JMC.
The drive was conducted in the areas of Indira Chowk, Panjtirthi, Dounthaly Bazar, Pacca Danga and Jain Bazar in order to ease traffic congestions and ensure free movement of pedestrians on footpaths.
During the drive, the special squad of JMC removed encroachments and illegal hoardings. The team seized 4 truck load of material like counters, banners, flexes etc and other material displayed by the shopkeepers in front of their shops and footpaths causing traffic congestions and free flow of pedestrians.
The JMC had already served 437 initial notices to the shopkeepers for violating the norms by encroaching the footpaths/open space by displaying their goods beyond the shutter line of their shops causing traffic congestion as well as free flow of pedestrians. Thereafter, final notices were issued to shopkeepers who did not comply with the initial notice. Most of the shopkeepers adhered to the notices and submitted written replies with regard to compliance of notices, whereas, some defaulters have become habitual offenders. Among those, two shops at Indira Chowk namely M/s New R.K. Electronics and M/s Sonnet House, who were served with initial notice under section 232 of Municipal Corporation Act, 2000 and then served with final notice under section 371 of Municipal Corporation Act, 2000, failed to comply with the directions issued by JMC and thus sealed by JMC.