The drive in progress near Hotel Alcor in Bistupur on Saturday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, Sept. 28: The East Singhbhum district administration today launched a massive drive to remove construction materials dumped on city roads before Puja.
On the directive of deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, Dhalbhum subdivisional magistrate Prem Ranjan led a team of officials from Jusco and Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) to decongest important roads.
An earthmover, seven dumpers and five tractors were pressed into action to lift “unclaimed” stone chips, sand and cement bags from roads. The seized materials were kept at JNAC yards.
During the four-hour drive — it began around noon — as many as seven sites on a 4.5km stretch from Shastrinagar in Kadma to Kharkhai Link Road in Bistupur were cleaned up.
“We will continue the exercise till all roads are freed of construction materials. In case it is not completed before Durga Puja, we will carry on even after the festive season,” said Ranjan.
He added that these materials often led to accidents, especially involving bikes, and clogging of drains.
Owners can claim the items kept at the JNAC office in Sakchi. But for that, they will have to pay a fine in addition to expenses incurred by the civic authorities in lifting the materials.
“Owners will have to visit the JNAC office and submit relevant documents to claim their materials. We are maintaining complete records of the things seized from each site as well as costs incurred,” said Ranjan.
The claimants will be charged anything between Rs 1,000 and Rs 10,000 depending on the amount of materials that were kept on roads.
Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) and Jugsalai Municipality will start similar drives in their command areas soon.
Ranjan also urged the citizens to lodge complaint at local urban bodies if they spot debris or construction materials dumped on roads in their localities.