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SDO pays surprise visit to Sakchi market to check encroachments

Jamshedpur, Jan. 17: Suraj Kumar, sub-divisional officer, Dhalbhum, made a surprise inspection of Sakchi market this morning.

Kumar went to Sakchi as a section of foot-path vendors had started setting up their make-shift shops in the alleys of the marketplace, during the Makar Shankranti shopping.

The district administration has decided to conduct weekly monitoring of commercial hubs at Sakchi and Bistupur to inspect illegal extensions and encroachments by shopkeepers during the festive seasons.

Later, Sunil Kumar said that they have been receiving complaints that the vendors had have restarted selling their products on footpaths while shopkeepers and retail establishments put up extensions on drains and lanes at commercial hubs even after eviction drive by administration at Sakchi and Bistupur markets flouting the guidelines.

�We did our best to clean the market of illegal extensions and pavement vendors at Sakchi and Bistupur. But still vendors and shopkeepers have started violating laws,� said Sunil Kumar. The SDO further said that they would be conducting weekly monitoring of the commercial hubs along with JNAC officials and local police officials to stop recurrence of encroachment.

According to district administration officials, the police have been asked to keep an eye in the Jugsalai area as it is the most vulnerable zone as far illegal transaction of fire crackers is concerned.

Taking lessons from the past incidents, the district administration is likely to constitute a team of the administrative and police officials who will make surprise visits to the markets to get hold of the shops selling fire crackers illegally, if any.

East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal said that the administration will work out to remove encroachment by vendors and retailers in market areas.

Incidentally, Sakchi market was cleared of encroachment after several days of efforts on the part of district administration in August while Bistupur market was cleared in September. Meanwhile, around 30 shops were fined at Sakchi by the JNAC magistrate Ayodhya Singh.

Traffic DSP Vivekanand Thakur said that pavements in both Sakchi and Bistupur were freed of vendors during the four-hour long exercise, which began from 10 a.m. at Sakchi and ended at Bistupur.

With city roads squeezing day by day due to encroachments, the district administration launched launch anti-encroachment drive.

�We want to streamline the traffic movement in the city. We are taking initiatives to vacate the illegal constructions so that the vehicles can move easily,� said an officer of Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee.

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