Ludhiana: Park sold off, probe begins after residents protest
LUDHIANA: Panchsheel Lodhi Welfare Committee protested on Sunday against an alleged attempt to convert a “park” into a “residential area”. They had bought residential plots in the Glada colony because of its approved plan but, later, come to know that the developer had sold off a park section.
The committee sourced the original map of the colony from the MC and Glada (Greater Ludhiana Aread Development Authority) under the RTI Act. On the map, the site in question is marked as a park. They claim that for taking over the land, the private buyer registered a false case against the colony’s residents at the Sarabha Nagar police station.
They claim that the land is a “park being maintained by the local residents”. The committee said: “Our peaceful protest is against an attempt to encroach upon the park space by force and also against the registration of the false FIR against the residents.” Area councillor Pankaj Kaka said: “The fault lies with the developer who is accused of selling the park land to a private person. When S S Bindra was master town planner, he had reported it as ‘encroachment’ and recommended it to be removed.”
S S Bindra, who is now special town planner of the Ludhiana region, said that the area councillor had brought to him a photocopied map, on which he had based his advice. He said that: “As the colony was developed by Glada, the MC had asked that authority for the original record to know whether the land was for a park or not.” Police are also investigating.
Harmeet Singh, officer in charge of the Raghunath police post, said: “We have written to the revenue department to know whether the buyer’s registry was valid or not. We have also sought a clarification from Glada to verfiy if it is a park land.”