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Action awaits squatter traders

Traders and shopkeepers of the commercial hub in Muzaffapur would face action if found encroaching pavements, drains and roads.

Traffic police have warned traders and shopkeepers not to put goods on display on pavements and covered drains outside the shops thereby encroaching the roads in the town.

Moreover, they should also desist from putting up temporary counters outside the shops. Traffic congestion on roads has emerged as a big challenge for the traffic department. Senior superintendent of police Jitendra Rana told The Telegraph that the traders and shopkeepers were given ultimatum of five days to mend their ways by staying away from pavements and drains.

Roads in the town are largely encroached by the shopkeepers, fruit-sellers and vendors.

Traffic police have been asked to free pavements and drains and free the encroached space for smooth traffic flow in the commercial hub, including Suttapatti, Tower Chowk, Jawaharlal Road, Motijheel, Kalyani, Gola Road, Companybagh Road, Tilak Maidan Road, Station Road and others.

Those who would not abide by the directive will face FIR. Traffic officers will conduct videography of the roads, pavements and drains encroached by them. Then the FIR will be lodged against the erring shopkeepers and traders, the SSP said.

North Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Motilal Chaparia said he too had requested the traders and shopkeepers to provide a helping hand to the traffic department in regulating vehicles smoothly.