At Khokha market, GMADA has demolished 50 shops.

Greater Mohali Area Development Authority razed at least 50 temporary shops . GMADA officials said the shops were razed because they said they appeared on vacant land .

On Monday, bulldozers rolled into the bustling Shaheed Bhagat Singh market in Mohalis, also known as Khokha market in Phase 1, as part of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority's anti-encroachment campaign, razing at least 50 temporary shops that they said had appeared on vacant land.Officials from the General Motors Department reported that notices of eviction had been sent to the shopkeepers three days earlier.According to reports, the Shaheed Bhagat Singh market was established in the area about 40 years ago as a temporary arrangement that would be rescheduled later.The shopkeepers staged a brief demonstration before giving up and making way on Monday, prompting GMADA officials to step in with a heavy police force to carry out the demolition.

Since my father is bedridden, this shop was our only source of income.GMADA had destroyed our shops and not provided us with a different type of employment.What should we do now, Kaur asked.Although the GMADA had initially promised to buy land near the existing market, it was later revoked and they left them jobless.