Cuttack, Jan. 31: The enforcement squad of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) today evicted encroachments on Gaudaguda Road near Manisahu Chhak.
In the past 15 years, several motor workshops and other business units had come up in the area illegally. The encroachments were demolished by the CMC and officials of the Cuttack-Bhubaneswar police following an order from the high court.
“The encroachments have been removed for the purpose of widening the road,” said CMC deputy secretary Nirmal Chandra Nayak.
Nayak said three weeks had been given to those who had established business units to shift their belongings. Steps would be taken to ensure that the place was not encroached upon again.
Gaudaguda Road acts as a vital link between Ring Road and other prominent areas such as Cantonment, Ranihat and Buxi Bazar. The road was in a bad shape and had not been in use for a long time. Steps had been taken by the roads and buildings department of the public works department to develop the road to ease traffic for Bali yatra in 2009.
In 2010, the road was once again renovated but it could not be expanded further because of the encroachments.
The Cuttack Municipal Corporation had undertaken a massive eviction drive in different parts of the city last year. Encroachments on major roads including Choudhry Bazar, Bajrakabati, Dolmundai and Badambadi had been evicted.
However, the majority of street vendors have again set up their kiosks at the places they were evicted from. CMC officials have said adequate steps would be taken to check such problems.
Besides Gaudaguda Road, encroachments on the pavements of Jobra barrage were also evicted this afternoon. According to officials of the city police, there was chaos on Jobra barrage where many vendors sell fish, vegetables and fruits.
Officials said more than 60 to 70 street vendors were eking out a living by selling fish and vegetables on the footpath of Jobra barrage that acted as a link between Jagatpur, Choudwar and Cuttack.