The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) officials removed encroachments outside four metro stations — MG Road, HUDA City Center, Sikanderpur and Guru Dronacharya — on Monday.
The move assumes significance as the main roads outside the entry and exit points to the metro stations have been major bottlenecks in the city. The road width was severely compromised due to the encroachments.
While the MCG cleared encroachments in the vicinity of metro stations, the drive marked the first instance when illegal stalls were also removed at the entry and exit points outside metro stations.
The removal of these encroachments provided partial relief, as commercial vehicles can be now easily parked on the service lanes at all the four sites. Further, residents said that they found it easier driving through these areas.
“Despite being a shorter route, heading towards Golf Course road from MG Road was a major hassle as the stretch at Sikanderpur Metro station was encroached upon. Commuters used to opt for a diversion through the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road. I took the road through Sikanderpur today after missing a cut that came before. The journey was relatively smoother than earlier, as there was more space on the road for vehicles,” Gaurav Sharma, a resident of DLF Phase 42 said.
MCG officials said that they initiated the anti-encroachment drive after receiving several complaints by metro commuters.
“Stalls were seized and officials have instructed the violators that MCG has a street vending policy in place, under which they will be allowed to set them up at designated sites,” SS Rohilla, public relations officer, MCG, said.
The MCG had announced last month that it will use Geographical Information System (GIS) for identifying encroachments across the city and it expects a higher recovery of civic land through the same. Residents can also report encroachments to the MCG on its helpline number — 1800-180-1817.