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Illegal structures removed from approach road to MGM Hospital

Jamshedpur, Feb. 5: Continuing with its campaign to remove illegal constructions, the East Singhbhum district administration on Friday launched a drive to remove encroachments on the approach road to state-owned MGM Medical College and Hospital in Sakchi.

The drive was carried under the supervision of Dhalbhum SDO Suraj Kumar by the Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) special officer Dipak Sahay with help of the district police and the Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP).

The administration used JCB earthmover to demolished 10 illegal structures, mostly belonging to vegetable sellers and some eateries, during the drive.

According to the district officials, they would ensure that the market place is cleared of any type of encroachments including the manner in which the shopkeepers had extended their shops.

Encroachments in the city are omnipresent and thriving, much to the discomfort of the ordinary citizen. The city is known for the encroachments which blot the urban landscape.

An official said the vendors and kiosks were seized from the places from where the administration had received complaints that anti-social elements used to consume liquor sitting there and also indulge in eve-teasing. “We cannot comprise with the safety of market place.

Moreover, people also find it inconvenience to move into the market freely with the passages getting choked due to the make-shift shops,” he said.

Experts feel that the city has not expanded horizontally, as a result of which a major chunk of the population continues to remain concentrated in a 5-km radius.

Lakhs of vehicles and people, a few hundred flats and a few dozen shops and malls have mushroomed here. While old settlers find it difficult to adjust to the new situation, newcomers find the situation messy.

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