Century-old haveli pulled down

A tea merchant, Mr Pran Nath Khanna, who had his office and godown in it, said electricity meters of all shops and houses were removed. He claimed that the locks of his shops were broken to carry out the demolition. He alleged that policemen blocked the approach road to the haveli in order to stop them from reaching there.

Another tenant, Ms Surinder Kaur, said her family had been residing in it for the past over five decades. She said it was a surprise demolition and they did not have enough time to secure their valuable belongings. Shopkeepers and families alleged that their costly commodities got damaged during the drive.

Mr Satpal, Superintending Engineer of the galliara beautification project, said the demolition was carried out under the fourth and fifth phases of the project. He said the space would be utilised to build a basement parking lot and a shopping complex in which shops would be given to the displaced shopkeepers.

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