Join Us On:

Demolition Drives Conducted in Several Parts of Delhi Amid Protests

The areas where the drives were carried out include Dwarka, Lodhi Road, Najafgarh, Janakpuri and Chaukhandi.

3 min read
Demolition Drives Conducted in Several Parts of Delhi Amid Protests
Hindi Female

The Quint DAILY

For impactful stories you just can’t miss

By subscribing you agree to our Privacy Policy

Demolition drives against alleged illegal constructions were undertaken in several parts of Delhi on Wednesday, 11 May. The areas where the drives were carried out include Dwarka, Lodhi Road, Najafgarh, Janakpuri and Chaukhandi among others.

Several residents protested against the drive in Janakpuri, but it was carried out nonetheless.

"We have removed only illegal temporary structures and kiosks. It is our duty to remove encroachment and we will continue our crackdown on violators," said chairperson of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) West Zone Shveta Saini, as per PTI.

A bulldozer being used to demolish illegal structures during an anti-encroachment drive by the SDMC, at Hari Nagar in New Delhi, Wednesday, 11 May.

(Photo: PTI)

Meanwhile, a demolition drive scheduled in Seelampur could not be carried out by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) due to unavailability of adequate police personnel, the area's Mayor Shyam Sunder Aggarwal was reported as saying by PTI.

SDMC Central Zone chairman Rajpal Singh had earlier said that illegal encroachments had already been identified on Lodhi Road.

"We do not want to harass anyone but there are some places where even a van or bus cannot pass. So we will continue with the process of demolition until and unless all the encroachments are removed," Singh said.

He also said that their plan was to remove illegal structures that are currently blocking roads, adding that school buses, ambulances, and fire brigades could not access the roads because of the encroachments, ANI reported.

New Delhi: Shopkeepers remove their belongings during an anti-encroachment drive by the MCD at the Sai Mandir locality of the Lodhi Colony, in Delhi, Wednesday, 11 May.

(Photo: PTI)

'Political Parties Intimidating People': Singh

"Those who have not encroached need not fear. We will bulldoze as well as manually remove the encroachments," he further said, adding that people of political parties were working on intimidating people whereas the SDMC was talking about unity, integrity and development of the country.

Several policemen could also be seen standing atop buildings to oversee the security situation amid the demolition drives on Wednesday.


Left-Wing Groups March to Lt Governor's Residence to Protest

Several left-wing organisations also staged a protest and undertook a citizens' march to Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal's residence to protest against the drives being conducted by municipal corporations run by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The march began from Kashmere Gate and was stopped by the police before it could reach Baijal's residence.

Police stop CPI(M) leader Brinda Karata and other left supporters who were staging a protest against the anti-encroachment drives being carried out in various Delhi colonies, outside the residence of Delhi Lt Governor, in New Delhi, Wednesday, 11 May.

(Photo: PTI)

Earlier, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had conveyed its plans to carry out demolition drives against alleged illegal structures. As a result, a majority of people had removed their structures themselves.

This comes after a demolition drive scheduled for 9 May at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh was not conducted after protests broke out in the area. Shaheen Bagh was the epicentre of anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protests in 2019-20.

A day after the ruckus in Shaheen Bagh, a drive was conducted at the New Friends Colony (NFC) and Mongolpuri areas against alleged illegal encroachments.

(With inputs from IANS, ANI and PTI.)

(At The Quint, we are answerable only to our audience. Play an active role in shaping our journalism by becoming a member. Because the truth is worth it.)

Read Latest News and Breaking News at The Quint, browse for more from news and india

Speaking truth to power requires allies like you.
Become a Member
3 months
12 months
12 months
Check Member Benefits
Read More