Jamshedpur : The district administration on Wednesday removed years old encroachment from BH Area close to Ganesh Puja Maidan in Kadma.
A joint team of police and Jusco after an instruction by sub-divisional officer, Dhalbhum Prem Ranjan carried the drive.
During the drive the Circle Officer, Jamshedpur SP Thakur was deputed as magistrate and officer-incharge,
Kadma police station, Rajesh Prakash Sinha was present at the scene.
A total of eight residence-cum-shops were removed after two excavators were pressed into service.
Though the encroachers had gathered at the spot, but no one dared to protest. The Circle Officer, Thakur said that the land on which the unauthorised houses and shops existed belonged to Tata Steel.
The Jusco on behalf of Tata Steel had approached the SDO, Dhalbhum for removing the encroachment. The anti-encroachment drive was carried out on the instruction given by the SDO. Kadma PS’ officer-in-charge,
Sinha said that no one came forward for resisting the move.
A senior official of Jusco when asked said that the utility company will erect a compound wall around the entire maidan for developing it into a park.
Kadma, Bistupur, Sakchi and Jugsalai, which are the busiest areas of the town, over fifty fruit vendors and vegetable sellers have encroached the road and there are always a traffic jam as the fruit vendors have occupied one forth portion of the road, making difficult to move the heavy vehicles.
Encroachments in the city are omnipresent and thriving, much to the discomfort of the ordinary citizen.
Be it the road, parks, pavements, markets or public land taken over in the name of religion, the city is known for the encroachments which blot the urban landscape.
Sources informed that several illegal jhuggis and shops have been raised in areas in Mango, Golpahari, Loco Colony, Karandih, Jugsalai, Sakchi and Bistupur.
Though several times the antiencroachment drives have been carried but due to support of local goons the
people are able to intrude the land again.
“The eviction drive is being taken up in view of a plan to widen the road to enable of operation of buses and traffic through it.
Encroachment of public land in the city has become an urban eyesore. It has brought traffic movement to a crawl.
Steps need be taken to vacate the illegal constructions,” said a district official.