AHMEDABAD: The entrance gate of Sanjay Tower near Shyamal Crossroads, which extended right to the main road, was demolished by the estate department of the New West Zone of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
The AMC on Monday began a major demolition drive in the New West Zone, apart from continuing its demolition work in , the team set out on demolition work in the one of the city’s poshest localities, the 100 Feet Road from Shyamal Crossroads to Prahladnagar Garden.

During the drive at Shyamal Crossroads, the AMC team demolished staircases of various complexes that were built in the margin spaces. The team found the gate of Sanjay Tower had been extended to the margin space and immediately demolished it.

Sanjay Shah, a resident of the area, said the AMC was unnecessarily removing pavements near shops.

This was being used for parking but residents or the visitors will now not be able to park vehicles there. Shah said the drive to remove encroachments was a good move.

Saumil Patel, a resident of Vejalpur, said, “With hardly any parking space in the area, vehicles are being parked on the road. Now, with illegal encroachments in the margin area being demolished, there will be more space for vehicular movement.

As the AMC team arrived in the Shyamal locality, they told shopkeepers that extensions were illegal and protruding boards must be removed or the corporation would remove them. Shopkeepers then begin removing boards on their own. Not just the shops near Shyamal, but several shopowners removed encroachments by themselves all along the stretch.

According to the AMC team, 75 temporary sheds, 101 extensions and 33 crosswalls were removed by the AMC team. In all, 3,391 square metres was cleared by the team. The demolition drive will continue on Tuesday.

Near Sarkhej Crossroads, the AMC team demolished 50 construction units spread over 6,790 square metres.

Near the Kargil Crossroads in , an AMC team removed 72 temporary sheds, 5 construction units and 18 extensions. In all, about 1,300 square metres was cleared of encroachment near Kargil Crossroads.

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