Monday, November 29, 2021

Beautification work of Aambagan ground to start before Durga Puja

Jamshedpur : The beautification work of nine-decade-old, Aambagan ground in the heart of the steel city at Sakchi is on the cards. The work will commence before Durga Puja this year. As per the plans Jusco will remove encroachment from the four-acre plot in mid-September and start the revival work of the ground before Durga Puja.

Apart from Jusco a city-based NGO Subhas Sanskriti Parishad with support of former Jamshedpur West MLA and senior BJP leader Saryu Roy met the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal recently at district collectorate requesting for making the ground free from encroachers.

The BJP leader said that NGO members had approached him with problems faced by residents of the area due to the encroachment of a landmark spot. “The NGO is prepared to help Jusco in carrying out beautification work of the ground if the administration takes step in removing encroachers. They also have plans for beautification of Netaji bust placed in southern end of the ground by constructing a Netaji museum which will contain documents and archives containing interesting facts about Netaji during his visits to city. The NGO has also decided to help Jusco in undertaking tree plantation work, plantation of grasses and construction of paver’s block for morning walkers and joggers,” said Saryu Roy.

The nine-decade old landmark Aam Bagan in the heart of city at Sakchi is no longer the green hub it used to be. Instead, the four-acre ground used as a play ground and for hosting socio-cultural and religious function has fallen victim to rampant encroachment and a source of pollution due to waste littered on it.

The ground hemmed in by Aam Bagan Masjid on its southern side and Rajasthan Vidya Mandir (a state owned high school) on its northern side, The Bengal Club (socio-cultural organization) on its western side is dotted by primarily residential areas barring the commercial establishment on the Thakur Bari Road.

Officials of The Bengal Club situated near the ground have sent letters to the district administration and JUSCO (which owns the ground) but no action was taken.

Recently a joint team of East Singhbhum district administration and Jusco conducted an on-the-spot survey of the ground and gave orders to carry out anti-encroachment drive at the ground and construct boundary wall across the ground to prevent violation.

Dhalbhum sub divisional officer (SDO) Prem Ranjan who led the team and was accompanied by Jusco general manager (town services) Dhananjay Mishra during the survey expressed concerns over rising encroachment and ordered immediate removal.

The increasing encroachment on the Government and Tata Steel lease land area particularly on busy market areas has become a matter of concern. Even the roads are squeezing day by day because of encroachments thus making difficult to drive the vehicles.

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.

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