Jamshedpur, Dec 2: The 44-year-old Singh Hotel in front of the Tatanagar railway station was finally razed to the ground by the Railways on Friday. According to the pre-announced programme, the drive was carried out at 10 am under the leadership of Assistant Engineer, Forest Department, Hariprasad Satpathy of Tatanagar. With the help of two poclain and 50 engineering department employees, the railway carried out the encroachment removal campaign.
BPRO Veer Kishore Singhdev was deputed from the block to maintain law and order on behalf of the district administration Assistant Commandant of RPF KC Nayak, Post In-charge SK Tiwari, Bagbera OC Kaushalendra Kumar Jha, Parsudih Incharge Ram Kumar Verma were present with the team.
Meanwhile, when an attempt was made to demolish the hotel, a stay was taken from the High Court. In the meantime, the possession of the land could not be freed due to getting a stay thrice. Finally, for the fourth time, the Railways won the case from the High Court. After receiving the order on Wednesday evening, without losing any time, the Railways razed the Singh Hotel to the ground within 24 hours.
After losing the case, Singh was trying hard to save his hotel. However, he lost the fight. Pappu Singh, the owner of New Singh Hotel, was present there during the drive.
Incidentally, more than 100 vendors illegally occupy the pavements and the roads selling their products leaving practically no space for pedestrians to walk on the pavements while going to Tatanagar Station.
The bridge links Burmamines on one end and Jugsalai on the other and is the only road to Tatanagar Station for residents of Baridih, Telco, Golmuri, Sidhgora, Agrico, Birsanagar and Burmamines witnesses nearly 60,000 vehicles crossing it daily.
The police have also asked make-shift shops and other encroachers to remove their things along the road. The officer said that taking confidence the traders of the area so that the encroachments along side the road can be removed.
The district traffic department has chalked out a mechanism wherein the violator of the traffic rules will be penalised. The police personnel are also slapping spot fines on two-wheeler and four wheeler riders for violating the traffic norms. Fines are being slapped on those who are not wearing the helmets.
Meanwhile police officials said that the drive would press a sense of alert among the people. Officials said that the drive is one way of alerting the people from violating rules. There is nothing unusual in carrying this exercise in order to teach the rules to the citizens.