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Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday directed authorities to remove encroachments on 29 major roads.

These roads include the stretch from ITO to Vikas Marg, M. B. Road cut to IGNOU crossing, Khajuri Chowk to Chilla border on Pusa Road, Nizamuddin to Badarpur Flyover on Mathura Road, Aurobindo Marg, C.D.R. Chowk to petrol pump on Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Sarita Vihar red light to Kalindi Kunj Flyover, Chirag Dilli crossing to Savitri Flyover and Vijay Nagar to Burari.

The L-G also asked all civic bodies to crackdown on temporary encroachments such as parked vehicles, and penalise contractors of local bodies who were allowing such parking on roads.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Mr. Baijal and attended by Public Works Department Minister Satyendar Jain, Chief Secretary M.M. Kutty and Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Ajay Kashyap.

Three-week deadline

The move comes within a week of the Delhi High Court ordering removal of encroachment from pavements on a permanent basis.

The L-G has directed each agency concerned to draw up an action plan within three days to remove encroachment from roads. He also ordered that removal of encroachments and road blocks be videographed.

Mr. Baijal directed all agencies to finish the work within three weeks.

“The L-G directed the Urban Development Department to be the nodal department by creating a special cell, which will monitor stretch-wise action taken by the local bodies on a weekly basis,” the L-G Office said in a statement.