New Delhi – The public works department (PWD) razed the unauthorised building at a dargah on Saturday during an anti-encroachment sweep near the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin in south Delhi. The dargah is situated across a well-known thoroughfare. For security, paramilitary and Delhi Police officers have been stationed nearby.
The PWD team conducted the drive close to the Chakkarwali Masjid, which is located across from Mathura Road. The employees are currently clearing the area of debris.
Yusuf Baig, the caretaker of Syed Abdullah urf Bhure Shah’s dargah, where the anti-encroachment drive was conducted, said, “The Dargah was constructed 500 years ago. The Dargah dates back to a time before there were any roads or footpaths. We had earlier spoken with the SDM. He stated that some areas needed to be levelled, therefore we destroyed 13 metres of building before anything further could be done.”
The PWD team demolished two rooms and walls while removing the tin shack.
“The PWD conducted a push to remove encroachment on the pavement. Deploying adequate security personnel was done, a senior police officer told PTI.