Jamshedpur, June 15: The East Singhbhum district administration and Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) on Wednesday embarked on a massive anti-encroachment drive cleared the Sakchi Kalimati Road of congestion by removing roadside illegal constructions and kiosks.
The drive was targeted at anti-social elements to keep them at bay and curb activities of crime and eve teasing. The kind of shops which faced the eviction axe included vegetable shops, fruit shops, tea stalls, snacks corner, hair-cutting salon and furniture shops.
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.
Along the Howrah Bridge on the Kalimati Road the team removed clusters of shops and kiosks.
According to 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.
The drive which was carried out with a strong team of nearly 150 police personnel was led by SDO Dhalbhum Suraj Kumar accompanied by JNAC special officer Deepak Sahay and DSP traffic Vivekananda Thakur began at 1 p.m. from near the road over bridge (popularly known as Howrah Bridge) and continued till 4.30 p.m. clearing nearly three kilometers stretch till Golmuri roundabout.
“We have been receiving complaints about roadside vendors, especially fruit vendors putting up their stalls illegally causing jam for commuters especially in the evening,” said SDO Dhalbhum.
The administration announced about the anti-encroachment drive near the road over bridge on Kalimati Road and asked the makeshift stall owners to vacate the roadside stretch within half-an-hour.
The drive then marched toward R D Tata round about on the intersection of the Kalimati Road and Golmuri Main Road and removed nearly 15 makeshift stalls of fruit vendors.