Cuttack, Jan. 1: The Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) will launch a massive eviction drive to decongest major roads that have been choked by encroachments.
The decision to clear the illegal roadside encroachments was taken at a meeting chaired by revenue division commissioner (central division) Arabinda Padhee recently. “Roadside encroachments will be evicted in a phased manner from January 8,” said CMC secretary Laxmidhar Nath.
The eviction drive will be launched with assistance from the district administration, the Cuttack Development Authority (CDA), the irrigation department and the roads and buildings division of the Public Works Department (PWD).
Official sources said illegal encroachments would be cleared from both sides of the road from Badambadi Square to Healthcare Nursing Home via Mahatab Road.
Squatters from Sumitra Plaza Lane and Badambadi Police Colony up to the railway overbridge at Link Road will also be evicted.
“Badambadi is the worst affected by roadside encroachments. Despite being one of the busiest roads in the city, no checks have been imposed to ensure it is encroachment free,” said Prakash Sinha, a commuter.
Apart from Badambadi, the eviction drive will also be launched in areas from Kanika Chhak to Sun Hospital, Cuttack railway station to Chandi Mandir via Buxi Bazaar, Settlement Office to Cuttack Sweets Stall at Ranihat.
Roadside encroachments along the Taladanda Canal from Tinigharia to Matagajpur, Khapuria, Kaliaboda, Nuabazar will also be cleared.
Civic officials said illegal encroachments on the busy stretch of Mangalabag up to Ranihat canal were removed by demolishing temporary kiosks and extension of various shops on Friday.
Roadside encroachments have always been a major concern especially as all major roads are struggling to accommodate the rising number of vehicles.
Though the civic body had launched a drive to clear illegal encroachments at places such as Choudhry Bazaar and Buxi Bazaar last year, it has, failed to yield results as encroachers have once again set up shop on these areas.
“The civic body has failed to ensure that encroachers do not return to the places from where they had been evicted. As a result, a number of roadside traders have set up temporary kiosks at prime locations such as Badambadi and Buxi Bazaar,” said Dilip Prusty, a resident of Buxi Bazaar.