The Municipal Corporation went on a major demolition drive of illegal encroachments on National Highway 1. The popular Haveli Restaurant became a victim of the demolition drive as parts of the Haveli Site were demolished.

The Jalandhar Virasat Haveli owned by Akali Dal leader Iqbal Singh Dhindsa was sealed on claims of being illegally constructed according to the Tribune newspaper.

Dhindsa told the media that the building was constructed 40 years ago and was an “exempted property.”

The Corporation carried the demolition drive on the basis of accidents on NH-1. The illegal constructions on the highway resulted in many mishaps. Lovely Professional University was also a victim as parts of the University’s property on the road was also demolished.

Police said, “An ATM kiosk machine and a shop constructed on the footpath along the highway were also demolished.”

Under the special drive to check illegal encroachment, as many as 19 traffic challans were also issued to the private buses for unlawfully halting buses on the highway outside LPU.

Some locals had filed a public interest litigation before the court complaining that the encroachments and halt by private buses alongside the highway near Chaheru Bridge was causing traffic nuisance and leading to mishaps.

Source: Hindustan Times

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