Air coolers kept in front of a shop block Straight Mile Road in Sakchi on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Investment consultant Ambuj Nath Srivastava narrowly missed bumping into an air-cooler that was kept almost on the middle of Straight Mile Road by a Sakchi Market shopkeeper on Thursday evening
Transporter Sudama Prasad, however, was not that lucky. He suffered bruises on ankle and knees when he hit a stationary auto-rickshaw on the same stretch around the same time. The driver was illegally picking up passengers from the roadside
But, this story is set to change from Monday.
Paying heed to the numerous complaints that have poured in from various quarters, East Singhbhum traffic police on Friday asked all five traffic police stations ó Sakchi, Bistupur, Golmuri, Jugsalai and Mango ó to start a crackdown on squatters like fruit juice vendors and shopkeepers who stack up coolers on the road from May 26.
Auto-rickshaw drivers blatantly violating road rules by stopping their vehicles anywhere and everywhere to pick up passengers will not be spared either.
Before starting the drive, the traffic police will intimate Dhalbhum sub-divisional officer Prem Ranjan.
ďThis time, the crackdown will be slightly different from the usual anti-encroachment drives. It will be a daily affair with traffic policemen manning the roads and slapping fines on violators,Ēsaid traffic DSP R.M. Sinha.
The goods of the violators as well as the offending autos will be confiscated. The items and the three-wheelers will be handed over to owners only after they cough up fines.
According to the Motor Vehicles Act, obstruction of road invites a fine of Rs 50 per hour.
The crackdown will begin on Straight Mile Road, a 500m stretch from Ramleela Maidan to Sakchi roundabout.
Similar encroachments and obstructions are also found on Jugsalai-Tatanagar Station Road, Purulia Road in Mango and Golmuri Main Road.