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NH squatters clear out after notice

Encroachers along NH-33 between Dimna Chowk and Paridih have started demolishing their houses after a directive from the East Singhbhum district administration.

Sources said residents of around 80 residences living along NH-33 had already razed parts of their houses and business establishments after the administrative order came, thus paving way for the Jamshedpur division of National Highway to go ahead with the exercise of drawing the central line of the proposed four-laning project. The others are likely to follow suit soon.

Interestingly, the actual surface area of NH-33 was a mere 22 feet, with a major portion of the remaining 138 feet having been encroached by local residents to build houses or shops.

This apart, the National Highway Authority of India would require an additional 50 feet of land during the four-laning (to bring the total width of NH-33 to 200 feet), the process of acquisition for which had already been started.

Officials said the National Highway’s Jamshedpur division had served notices to all the encroachers earlier this month to raze illegal structures for making space for the road-widening project.

Speaking to The Telegraph, executive engineer of National Highway’s Jamshedpur division Amarnath Thakur said the notice had been served to around 125 encroachers, of which 80 had taken heed.

The notices, which give the squatters time till September 30 to clear out, were served after a survey.

“The encroachers have been given time till the end of this month. If they do not clear out, then we will be forced to take the help of the local administration and force them out,” Thakur said.

The Rs 1,500 crore highway-widening project from Ranchi to Jamshedpur is to be carried out in a number of phases by various agencies.

Work on a 80km stretch between Ranchi’s Rangaon to Mahulia in Ghatshila would be carried out by one Maducon Project Limited, which has already started the spadework in this regard.

Thakur said, once they acquired additional land, more houses may be razed to increase the width of the highway.