Dehradun January 14
Disconcerting voices in the widening issue of Chakrata Road once again resounded when Manjit Singh Sabharwal, shopkeeper, was asked by officials of the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) to stop construction at the vacant portion of his shop, which had remained after the demolition was completed. Many shopkeepers reached to the venue and began protesting. It was then Vice-Chancellor, MDDA, BVRC Purushottam, called the shopkeepers to the MDDA office and assured them that by Monday he would place a clear picture before them.
MDDA had already directed the shopkeepers to leave two-metre more space from the remaining part of their shops for parking purpose, on which the shopkeepers had registered their strong reservation. MDDA had been postponing clarity on this issue.
Meanwhile, a few shopkeepers began constructing the vacant portions in their shops. It was when MDDA officials spotted construction activity at Sabbarwal’s shop today, they stopped the construction. This aroused anger among other shopkeepers, and they began raising slogans.