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During the daylong drive, the demolition squad of DDA removed eight illegal kiosks and over 600 boards and hoardings. The team comprising 12 officials and 30 labourers also faced some resistance in Sector 6 where traders resisted their moves as they also sought to remove some shop counters from public spaces.
However, the presence of nearly a dozen police personnel -- who had accompanied them -- allowed the team members to carry out their job. In all, the team removed illegal structures in seven sectors of Dwarka -- 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14 and 17.
Besides the illegal structures which were confiscated, the demolition squad also removed private generators from public spaces. "The idea was to allow common people easy access in all these areas, said a senior official.
The Executive Engineer in charge of the operation, R.S. Sharma, said these drives are becoming a fortnightly affair as DDA wants to made Dwarka a model township free of all encroachments.
Admitting that shopkeepers and other encroachers do tend to resort to the same illegalities again after the drive, he insisted that the operations still serve as a deterrent and at least clear and clean up given areas for some time. "If an encroachment comes back, we are there to remove it again."
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