Jaipur: Amid massive protests, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) on Tuesday sealed 43 commercial establishments, which were illegally operational in residential plots situated along the Jaipuriya Hospital road.
JDA sealed more than half-a-dozen medical shops including two diagnostic centres, two under construction buildings and the famous Khandaka hospital.
The shopkeepers and affected house owners protesting against the drive blocked the road for nearly four hours. Many protesters also attempted to block the Tonk Road, however, they were dispersed with the use of mild force by cops. The protesters alleged that JDA officials were partial and did not seal the Khandaka Hospital as the owner is influential. As the protests intensified, JDA officials sealed two floors of the hospital.
Following the high court directions, on Monday the JDA issued notices to the defaulters and provided them 24 hours' time to voluntarily shut down the operations. A senior JDA official said, "These plots fall on the 60-feet road Keshavpuri, which connects Tonk Road and JLN Marg. The court has directed to take action against these illegal establishments."
As per the master plan 2025, the width of the road is 60 feet. However, at present the commuters have to face jams in the area as encroachments have decreased the road width to 30 feet. Meanwhile, Congress vice president Archana Sharma alleged, "The state government is planning to privatise Jaipuriya Hospital and it is a conspiracy to seal the shops outside the hospital. Moreover, sufficient time was not provided to the shopkeepers to shift their stock."