In Mohali, shops behind houses to close

From ET Realty

MOHALI: The local administration is all set to punish people running shops or business behind their houses on government land and causing traffic hindrance.

Municipal corporation (MC) mayor Kulwant Singh has written a letter to Great Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) chief administrator to take strict action against defaulters.

The mayor said, “People who are running business without any consent from the administration are violating the rules of allotment and also causing problem to local residents by different means.”

The civic body has received a number of complaints from residents alleging shops open into the back of the houses and attract customers during the wee hours. They have also complained that foul smell sometimes emanates from these houses.

A Gmada official said, “We are conducting a survey based on the complaints received and notices to the offenders would be issued immediately. As per law, a fine will be imposed on the violators and their belongings seized.”

The mayor has suggested that residents had been running their shops behind the free space of their house which leads to encroachment on public land, and they were keeping their goods on the road aside, causing traffic menace. The enforcement wing of Gmada would be responsible for removing the violations.

A Gmada official said, “We are going to take strict action against the violators. It may include cancellation of properties.”

According to Gmada rules, no one was permitted to construct rear gates at the house which open into parks or the main road.

The official said residents of Madanpura have carried out encroachments by occupying government land and opened property consultation business. Some residents have opened shops or food joints or given space to street vendors.

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