Jamshedpur, July 25: Continuing its drive against encroached shops, East Singhbhum district administration led by SDO (Dalbhum) Alok Kumar removed several overhang stairs and sheds of several shops at Sakchi Market on Saturday morning in presence of JNAC officials.
During the drive the Circle Officer, Jamshedpur was deputed as magistrate and officer in-charge,Sakchi police station, Rajesh Prakash Sinha was present at the scene.
The drive started from Shitla Mandir roundabout removed several fruit and vegetable sellers before entering one of the busiest lanes of the City, Tank Road and cleared the road encroached by the vendors.
Straight Mile Road encroached by leaf plate vendors outside the Sanjay Market in Sakchi was all cleared of by the JCB vehicle in presence of police jawans.
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.
Authorities later entered the Sakchi market through Agarwal Book Store and removed shops overhand stairs and vendors sitting right in the middle of the road.
Some shopkeepers ran away closing down their shutters. 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.