LAHORE - The LDA has demolished more than 125 illegal constructions in Main Market Gulberg vicinity on Saturday during its ongoing anti-encroachment drive in scheme area of LDA as well as utility area of approved private housing schemes in the provincial metropolis. No untoward incident took place during the operation. Squatters avoided putting resistance to officials engaged in the drive. These structures removed from the surface had been illegally erected beyond the legitimate boundaries of the buildings, in violation of building bye-laws, by the owners or occupants. The operation was jointly carried out by the officials of the Estate Management Directorate and Town Planning Wing of the Lahore Development Authority as well as representative from Water and Sanitation Agency. Shopkeepers in the area had illegally extended their shops on service roads by constructing various structures, building overhead shades beyond the approved building plans of their shops, erecting huge publicity boards and creating other nuisance for general public. LDA authorities had always served the notices them to demolish them some days back. Following the warning remained unnoticed, operation started and large number of tharas, ramps, sheds, Khokas and other illegal structures that caused impediments in movement by pedestrians, flow of traffic as well as quick disposal of storm water from roads were dismantled. During the first day of operation, 42 structures in and around the Main Market, Gulberg, were pulled down. These structures had been illegally erected beyond the legitimate boundaries of the buildings. The LDA staff also retrieved a precious 18-kanal piece of land, situated on main Ferozpur Road in L-Block area of Gulberg III and removed scores of structures illegally constructed to occupy this valuable plot. It is to be noted that the LDA staff did not disturb hawkers anywhere during the operation. It rather asked them for removing their goods voluntarily. Earlier, the LDA officials eliminated 34 constructions at Guru Mangat Road LDA has again urged residents of its schemes' area for voluntarily eliminating all encroachments without further delay, failing which they will have to bear the demolition charges as well. The encroachers will also be dealt with under sections 33, 34 and 40 of LDA Act 1975. It may be recalled that the Estate Management Directorate of Lahore Development Authority launched anti-encroachment operation in other schemes including Sabzazar Housing Scheme, Shadman and Johar Town some days back. The staff of the Estate Management and Town Planning directorates of the Lahore Development Authority jointly carried out a comprehensive operation against the encroachments erected along the main boulevard of Sabzazar Housing Scheme from Multan Road to Liaquat Chowk. As many as 17 temporary shops, five permanent restaurant buildings and scores of other illegal structures and shops, set up on the both sides of the main boulevard's service roads, were demolished during this operation. The service roads were cleared of all hurdles that were creating hindrances in the smooth flow of traffic. LDA removed encroachments from Shadman Market that was declared by Punjab government as a Model Area. The LDA staff removed encroachments and other impediment from the corridors and cleared these pavements for facilitating the customer. THE staff of the Estate Management Directorate of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) continued its clean up operation against squatters around the Expo Centre in K, R-2 and R-3 blocks of the Johar Town. An official statement said the staff removed hundreds of illegally constructed huts and mud houses.