Demolition drive smooth run through key line

Squatters were removed from a 1.7km stretch of the R Block to Digha railway line without any flare-up during the anti-encroachment drive on Tuesday.

By Shuchismita Chakraborty
  • Published 12.09.18
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The anti-encroachment drive in progress near R-Block-Digha railway track at Hartali Mor on Tuesday. Pictures by Manoj Kumar

Patna: Squatters were removed from a 1.7km stretch of the R Block to Digha railway line without any flare-up during the anti-encroachment drive on Tuesday.

Officials of the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC), the road construction department and the Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNNL) were part of team that cleared the encroachments.

The road construction department is to build a road over the roughly 7km R-block-Digha railway line once it is freed from encroachment.

Bihar State Road Development Corporation Limited, a wing of the road construction department, will lay the road.

Shashi Shekhar, the nodal officer of Tuesday's anti-encroachment drive, said the team did not face any resistance.

"Many encroachers left the site on their own. The drive will continue there for the next couple of days," said Shekhar.

Encroachers were also removed from New Market area also on Tuesday including chicken sellers, who were found doing business openly in violation of the norms.

"Around Rs 70,000 fine was collected from encroachers during the drive," Shekhar said.

The anti-encroachment drive is underway in the state capital as per the Patna High Court's directive.

Squatters have been cleared from many areas of the city including Boring Road, Rajapul, Patliputra, Bypass Road, Patna City areas.

In Patna City, the PMC did not even have to do much to remove the encroachers.

"Many in Patna City demolished encroaching portion of their buildings on their own last Tuesday," a senior PMC official said.

"The civic body had earlier slapped notices on around 80 residents to raze the encroaching portion of their buildings else they would have to cough up Rs 1 lakh per floor demolition. Owners of around 50 houses razed parts of their buildings in Bal Leela, City Chowk and near the Harmandir Sahib area," the civic body official added.

"There were many who razed the extension of their building's roofs in their two-storey and three-storey houses on their own."

The official added that so far around Rs 14 lakh fine had been collected from owners of illegally parked vehicles and the administration had removed more than 1,625 temporary and 425 permanent structures in the city.

The divisional commissioner's office has decided to constitute dhava dals (follow-up teams) after the anti- encroachment drive is over.

The dhava dals are supposed to ensure that squatters don't return.

In earlier drives, the PMC had not been successful as squatters always made a comeback - usually hours later. This time, however, encroachers have not returned from the cleared places - yet.