Jaipur: Traders down shutters to protest against JDA


The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) faced another protest from the shopkeepers after it issued notices to widen the road upto 100 feet between Bais Godam industrial area and Gopalpura Bypass overbridge. At present, the width of the road is 30 feet to 60 feet at separate places. As the road runs parallel to the railway track, commuters face problems due to several bottlenecks.

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"Following the high court orders, JDA will carry out the drive to widen the road. On the 4.5km route, we have identified nearly 584 structures. Out of which, notices to 152 owners have been issued." The shopkeepers kept their shops closed against the JDA drive on Monday. They alleged that their shops are approved and JDA is removing them without any compensation.

Congress vice-president Archana Sharma also met Jaipur Development Commissioner (JDC) Shikhar Agarwal in this regard.  Sharma said, "The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has turned into Jaipur Destruction Authority. If the shops will be demolished the shopkeepers will lose their livelihood. Also, JDA adopts pick and choose method to carry out its drive. It opens the seals of influential, while demolishes the shops of poor people."

It was informed, the notices have been issued under Section 72 of the JDA Act regarding encroachment on government land. Protesters alleged, "We have our shops since 30 years. Also, JDA and district collectorate have issued us the lease deeds. We are not encroachers and JDA cannot demolished our shops".

As per master-plan 2025, the width of the road is 100 feet. However, the protesters demanded revising the master-plan as several people will be affected, said an official.

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