The SDMC conducted an anti-encroachment drive in Hazrat Nizamuddin area of Delhi on Sunday. According to officials, the move was aimed to relieve the area of illegal parking and traffic congestion. The area generally remains congested as it holds a lot of heritage sites, including the shrine of Sufu Saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and Humayun's Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
"SDMC's Central Zone today swung into action to remove encroachments and put an end to traffic congestion on Mathura Road, streets near Humayun's Tomb, Neela Gumbad and Hazrat Nizammudin Aulia Dargah situated near the traffic roundabout," the civic body said.
Three departments of the SDMC - licensing, health and veterinary under the Central Zone, along with Delhi Police and Traffic Police took a coordinated action to remove encroachment and traffic congestion especially in a street leading to the Dargah.
"The encroachment and traffic congestion has not only been causing inconvenience to passers-by and residents, but also presenting a filthy look in the area known for harbinger of communal harmony and co-existence," the SDMC statement said.
The SDMC said 42 temporary sheds and makeshift structures were demolished while a number of iron benches, tables, grills, boards, refrigerators and other petty miscellaneous articles were also removed.
"A large number of iron counters and enclosures were also removed. Apart from this, two kiosks have been closed and the occupiers have been issued notices to immediately remove the same, failing which the Central Zone will do the needful within one or two days," it said.
This action was taken particularly in the context of a PIL filed in the Delhi High Court by the Jamia Arabia Educational Society, which had alleged that authorities have been ignoring large-scale civic norms violations, rampant illegal constructions, unauthorised parking and traffic congestion near the Dargah and Humayun's Tomb.