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Arterial drain flows free again

A 100-feet-long drain was freed from the grip of encroachers at Dhansar in Dhanbad on Thursday morning.

Led by procurement officer R.L. Das, a team from Dhanbad Municipal Corporation carried out the three-hour drive from 9am to demolish concrete slabs and dismantle temporary structures put up by nine shops, commercial establishments and a private nursing home.

“We have freed the drain from encroachers. But during our drive, we found that sewer water of several other establishments was directly flowing into the drain instead of going to the treatment plant. Action will be taken against these errant units too,” Das said later.

The drive was carried out after the civic body received complaints from residents of Ashok Bhavan, an apartment complex, that the encroachment had affected drainage system in the area.

Chief executive officer of the civic body Balmukund Jha conducted an inquiry and found Popular Nursing Home, Vivah Vatika, Gauri Medical, Dada Hotel, Gaurav Medical, Shakti Mandir, Ram Temple Dharmashala, Yadav Mansion and one Chand Sharma guilty of illegally covering up the drain to extend business.

A notice was subsequently served to the nine.

Shah Narendra Kumar, a resident of Ashok Bhavan, said: “We had been complaining against illegal encroachments since 1988, but all our earlier pleas had fallen on deaf ears until today.”