MUSSOORIE, March 4
The mushrooming of illegal shacks and eateries joints on Dehradun-Mussoorie road has irked the residents, who are demanding regularization of such food joints and removal of the illegal ones as they are turning into big nuisance, resulting in obstructing panoramic view of Doon valley all along the route.
Mussoorie resident, Advocate Alok Malhotra said so many illegal shacks have come up in haphazard way all along the route which will become a huge problem in case of any road widening exercise that is carried out in near future. He said that if this trend continues the whole road side would be covered with illegally constructed shacks resulting in traffic problem on the route. A master plan for such constructions should be formulated immediately so that it does not become bane for the town he added.
Another resident Prateek Karnawal said that the administration should first determine the shacks built are encroachment on public property or not and whether they have necessary permissions according to the laid down guidelines. If not, then they should be demolished by the local administration as it is the custodian of the public property. He said that such shacks at two to three points on the route are prone to accidents as most of the vehicles are invariably parked on the road while the people are having snacks at these joints.
The residents said that apart from obstruction of traffic the effective garbage disposal system was missing from these shacks thus creating environmental hazard for the tourist town of Mussoorie.
However, the owners of these shacks are of the view that such joints have emerged as an important source of environment and should not be discontinued on humanitarian grounds. Rakesh Rawat the BJP leader had met the BJP president Ajay Bhatt and MLA Mussoorie Ganesh Joshi recently and pleaded that since many families are dependent on the employment activity being carried out through these shops they should be given the permission to carry on without any hindrance.
The residents against such activities countering this argument said that the excuse that such shacks were important source of employment does not provide legitimacy to the illegal construction going on here, which if not curbed could increase alarmingly creating problems for everyone in near future.
It is to be noted that an inspection survey was carried out by a six-member committee headed by ADM Dehradun of such eatery joints on the route from Kothal Gate in Dehradun to Library and Picture Palace in Mussoorie on the directions of the Commissioner Gahwal Dilip Javalkar, recently.
According to the SDM Mussoorie Meenakshi Patwal, the committee has submitted its report to the commissioner and has found that around 150 shacks on the route do not have adequate parking space and lack any garbage disposal system. She said that the MDDA is already working on the matter of illegal construction and is acting accordingly. She said most of the shacks have been allotted by the gram panchayats and do not have the facility of garbage disposal and parking.