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Jugsalai railway overbridge: 24 shops demolished in anti-encroachment drive

Jamshedpur, July 27: In order to pave the way for early completion of Jugsalai railway bridge, the railway administration relaunched an anti-encroachment drive. During the drive, more than two dozen shops built illegally on railway land were demolished with the help of bulldozers. Earlier, the railway administration had made full preparations to make the drive a success.

Elaborate security arrangements were made in view of the possibility of possible opposition to the campaign. RPF personnel were ready to deal with every adverse situation. A women’s force was also deployed with them. The construction work of Railway Over Bridge near Jugsalai Gate is in progress. Due to this, the land around the gate is being made encroachment free so that the obstacles in the construction of the over bridge can be removed. Meanwhile, even before the campaign, some shopkeepers had vacated their shops and removed the encroachment from the said site. Despite this, during the entire campaign, there was a lot of commotion around the gate.

“We want to make sure that there is no encroachment. The railway had submitted a list of structures which had been encroached on its areas while there were nearly 24 structures which had come up on Tata Steel lease areas. The eviction drive will continue even tomorrow till all the encroached structures are razed,” said an official.

Railway’s senior engineer Sanjay Kuman said that beautification work is to be done on the encroachment-free land. Also, its barricading will also be done. He said that efforts are being made to ensure that there is no encroachment on the said site again. Strict warning has also been given to the encroachers regarding this.

About one lakh people from the densely-populated Jugsalai and Bagbera localities of the city cross the Jugsalai level crossing located between Tatanagar and Adityapur stations every day.  About 90 trains, including goods trains, pass through the Jugsalai level crossing.

The railway had finalised the blueprint for the Rs 21.54 crore project. The road over bridge was a long pending demand of the people residing at Jugsalai.   Sources informed that of the 21.54 crores, 9.77 crores was to be spent by the railway, whereas the remaining to be borne by the state government. However, now the budget has escalated.

The road over bridge would ensure smooth traffic and avoid decongestion as the commuters face it now while crossing the level crossing. The existing Jugsalai roundabout will remain where it is not, but its size will be reduced marginally.

 Peeved over snarls and mishaps at the crossing, the residents of the densely-populated Jugsalai and adjoining Bagbera localities had set up Sarbadaliya Sangharsh Samiti (SSS) cutting across party lines.

The road over bridge was a long pending demand of the people residing at Jugsalai.   The road over bridge would ensure smooth traffic and avoid decongestion as the commuters face it now while crossing the level crossing.

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