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Force option for eviction

The state government would take the help of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to free the encroached land of Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) if needed.

The decision comes two days after the district administration failed to free the encroached NMCH land.

On February 18, Patna district magistrate N. Saravana Kumar, municipal commissioner in-charge Aadesh Titarmare, along with a few other officers, visited the site to vacate the encroached land. However, they failed to evict the encroachers.

The decision to take the help of the CRPF was taken in a meeting convened by chief secretary Ashok Kumar Sinha on Wednesday. Vyasji, the principal secretary of the health department, also attended the meeting.

“It was decided in the meeting that if needed, we would use CRPF personnel to free the encroached land. A heavy CRPF battalion would be deployed to carry out the drive. We want to sort out the problem as soon as possible,” said Vyasji.

He added: “We had filed cases against several encroachers last year but we failed to file cases against all of them. Around 800 encroachers have been identified. We would file cases against all of them. Many buildings have been constructed on the encroached land. We would soon carry out a large-scale demolition drive to remove the illegal constructions,” added Vyasji.

Sources said the Patna Municipal Corporation has decided to serve notices to all the encroachers within the next 10 days.

“We would send notices to all the encroachers within 10 days. After serving the notice, we would ask them to vacate the land within seven days or else they would have to face the action,” said a PMC official.

According to Dr Santosh Kumar, the deputy superintendent of the NMCH, many development projects are stuck in the limbo because of the encroachment.

“There are many projects which have not seen the light of the day because of the encroachment. We have plans to construct quarters for the faculty members and hostels for the students. But these projects were shelved because of the encroachment problem,” said Santosh Kumar.

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