Shortage of staff hits MC’s encroachment drives in city

AmritsarPosted at: Jun 2, 2017, 1:26 AM; last updated: Jun 2, 2017, 1:26 AM (IST)

Charanjit Singh Teja

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 1

The estate wing of the Municipal Corporation has been facing a shortage of staff to tackle encroachments in the city.
Officials of the department stated that they could not keep a regular check on encroachments at various places in the city.
It is quite common that the MC removes the encroachments from some markets but after a few days, the encroachers again set up their vends.
A number of markets, where traffic congestion is a routine affair, need a routine check. But the MC doesn’t have staff to constitute separate teams for regular visits in the city markets.
Moreover, the MC has failed to implement the Vending Zone scheme due to staff crunch. The officials have been making efforts to relocate the vendors from roads to vending zones for the past several months.
The estate wing of the MC had hired a company to issue identity cards to all vendors in the city. The company had completed its task. Now, the wing does not have staff to allocate the vending zones to the vendors.
Jaswinder Singh, an estate officer, said, “We remove the encroachments in routine. We don’t have sufficient staff to remove all encroachments. We need some employees who can work on computer to allocate the vending zones. Due to a staff crunch, we can’t work effectively. The MC should recruit the staff.”
Moreover, the estate wing doesn’t have equipment to curb encroachments. The department lacks vehicles for inspection. There is only one truck to seize vends and other encroachment materials.

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