Ahinsa Khand residents roll up their sleeves to remove encroachments

Residents sent the illegal vendors packing
Photo: Abid Hussain Barlaskar
Posted: Apr 21, 2016

Fed up with the Ghaziabad Development Authority's lackadaisical attitude, residents of Ahinsa Khand societies in Indirapuram took it upon themselves to remove the illegal encroachments outside their societies.

They had written numerous letters to the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) requesting action against the illegal vendors that had encroached upon the area outside their societies. The stalls had cropped up over a span of seven to eight years, ever since people started living in these societies.

Residents of Shipra Krishna Vista decided to personally remove these encroachments. Arun Rai, president of the AOA told City Spidey that they had removed over fifteen such kiosks from around the society on April 17. "Out of the fifteen stalls we had removed, five have returned. We are planning to conduct such drives every now and then to get rid of them for good," added Rai.

Residents of ATS Advantage in Indirapuram carried out a similar drive on April 20. The area is clear of all such encroachments as of now.

Lipika Bhushan, a resident of ATS Advantage, said, "Initially there were only a few vendors. They soon mushroomed into over 50 such vendors in the area. The illegal encroachments had also become a hangout spot for antisocial elements. They needed to go."

Tahsin Zahid, a resident of GC Centrum, said that such stalls posed security concerns. "The other day one of the vendors misbehaved with a female resident. Such incidents are red flags. Why hasn't the GDA acted on removing these encroachments? The problem needs to be nipped in the bud immediately," added Zahid.

City Spidey took up the matter with Dayanand Prasad, OSD, GDA. "We are looking for a permanent solution to the problem. An anti-encroachment drive with the support of the police and the City Magistrate is planned on April 26," said Prasad.

TAGS: Ghaziabad Development Authority / Ahinsa Khand / Indirapuram / Shipra Krishna Vista / ATS Advantage / GC Centrum / City Magistrate