Jamshedpur, Sept 10: Fear gripped the Bistupur shopkeepers as East Singhbhum district administration on Thursday started the second phase of crackdown on encroachers in commercial hib of the city removing several illegal kiosks and construction.
The anti-encroachment drive was led by Dhalbhum SDO Alok Kumar along with Bistupur Police Station officer, JNAC Special officer and other administration officials.
The drive began at around 11.30 and continued till the afternoon. The policemen present on the spot removed the make-shift shops and the wares forcibly.
The anti-encroachment drive began from the Main Road near Ram Mandir were an old tea shop was removed along with illegal construction.
The team then entered the Bank lane near Ram Mandir were several banks and insurance companies have their offices and removed several cold drink kiosks and snacks corner while the offices were warned about the parking.
The ongoing construction work in the lane was stopped for a while and the building materials were put inside the complex by the labours soon after getting the news of administration team.
Three shops in bank lane were removed.
During the drive, extensions in several shops, on roads and pavements were dismantled by the district administration. Armed with a JCB (excavators) and a hydra (a hydraulic operated excavator) in the presence of police force and riot control vehicle, the team bulldozed several constructions. An anti-encroachment team demolished 156 shop extensions and makeshift garages in Bistupur last week.
The team also inspected the area near the chamber Bhawan. The main market of bistupur which saw eviction drive last week saw shopkeepers in a bit of panic and they started removing the goods put up in the encroached area when they heard about the team coming.
It may be noted that Chief Minister Raghubar Das had told officials to continue anti encroachment drives without flouting rules.
Das held a meeting here with deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, Dhalbhum sub-divisional officer Alok Kumar and other officials after shop owners and street vendors sought his intervention on anti-encroachment drives.