| The unauthorised vendors at Maurya Lok complex. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
A team of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials started an anti-encroachment drive on the premises of Maurya Lok Complex on Monday.
The PMC team headed by urban planning director Avinash Kumar removed over 50 illegal vendors from the premises, where the civic body headquarters is also located.
We have been receiving repeated complaints from people about lack of parking space and snarls on the Maurya Lok premises since long. This was mainly due to unauthorised vendors and front margins made by the authorised shopowners. The new municipal commissioner, Adesh Titarmare, recently formed a three-member team comprising Kumar, municipal secretary Chandra Shekhar Azad and land and land revenue officer Seema Kumari to keep the premises free of squatters, said a senior PMC official.
Though the vendors returned by the evening, the civic body claimed that the dedicated team would keep a vigil on them. The drive conducted on Monday is a routine affair and we would ensure that the encroachers do not return. I admit that a few of them returned on Monday evening itself but we would use certain strategy from Tuesday onwards so that the entire complex remains squatter-free. We may also take men in uniform with us to take strict action against the repeated offenders. Moreover, we are going to have a meeting with the PMC commissioner on Tuesday to chalk out further strategy, said Kumar.
Being a very vibrant and active public place, Maurya Lok has got a variety of activities, including 300 shops and 100 offices of Union as well as state governments.