Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, March 27: The local people have expressed happiness over the anti-encroachment drive carried out on the Mango-Dimna road as per the order of Deputy Commissioner of the district Vijaya Jadhav.
The anti-encroachment drive was launched yesterday evening to remove illegally built shops and hutments from Dimna Road on Sunday in the light of instructions given by the DC during her visit to the Mango area late Saturday night.
The DC was present along with SDO Dhalbhum Piyush Sinha, magistrates and other senior officers of the district administration.
Sources said the shops were removed to maintain a smooth traffic system. The shops selling vegetables, tea snacks, earthen utensils, baskets, brooms and roadside eateries were removed during the drive. The drive started late evening and continued till around 11 pm.
Prior to the removal of encroachment, the shopkeepers were appealed to remove their shops by the municipal officials through announcement on mike. Some shops were removed promptly by their owners.
Vendors with large shops were given time to remove their belongings from the spot to avoid causing major financial loss to them. Local residents said road jams have become the order of the day and that the removal of encroachment would prevent road jams. Vehicles used to crawl due to encroachment on the road, they said.
While on one hand the encroachment was being removed by district administration, on the other hand allotment of permanent shops built near the Mango bridge to the people was also started from late Sunday evening itself. The affected shop owners expressed happiness on getting new shops. The DC said poor people and women would get preference in allotment of shops. The shop allotment process is still going on.
Mango Municipal Corporation Executive Officer Suresh Yadav said that all the shopkeepers will be shifted to their new shops as soon as possible. First of all, the shopkeepers working as cobblers were shifted to permanent shops built near the Mango Bridge. Expressing happiness, a roadside vendor said that earlier he used to set up a shop in the open sky on the roadside and had to carry all the goods to the house in the evening. Now the shop with a pucca roof has solved his problem as he can go home comfortably by locking the shutters.