Chandigarh, May 16 – With a view to prevent displacement of residents of “Thed Mohalla” in district Sirsa, Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has sent a written communication to the Union Ministry of Culture requesting it to get the area concerned re-inspected.
While stating this here today, Officer on Special Duty (Media), Mr. Raj Kumar Bhardwaj said that he had called on the Private Secretary to Union Culture Minister, Mr. Ravindra Singh in this regard in New Delhi.
He said that this area had been given the status of property of ‘Nagar Palika’ under Provincial Act in undivided Punjab. Under this, power, water and sewerage connections had been provided to the people.
Mr. Bhardwaj said that at present about 3,000 families including 20,000 persons were residing in Thed Mohalla. He said that most of these families were economically backward.
He said that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had declared the area as a place of archival significance, which posed a threat of displacement to the residents of this place. He said that keeping in view the problems being faced by these people, the Chief Minister has, after considering legal aspects, raised the issue to get the area concerned re-inspected to find out whether the place actually holds any archival significance or not.