Swachh roads to greet Modi

Patna Municipal Corporation with help of Patna police has cleared Ashok Rajpath of all encroachment, thanks to the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take part in the Patna University's centenary year celebrations.

By Shuchismita Chakraborty
  • Published 14.10.17
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Patna Municipal Corporation with help of Patna police has cleared Ashok Rajpath of all encroachment, thanks to the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take part in the Patna University's centenary year celebrations.

Sources said the last time Ashok Rajpath was made completely squatter-free was in 2003, when then President APJ Abdul Kalam had come on a three-day visit.

PMC sources said though the civic body had conducted anti-encroachment drives on the same stretch earlier too, it was not very successful. "This time, our drives have been more successful because the cops ensured that the squatters did not return," a senior PMC official said.

Similar drives were conducted on Fraser Road, Dakbungalow Road, Gandhi Maidan and Kargil Chowk through which the PM's cavalcade will pass. The PMC has also been successful in removing hundreds of illegal hoardings from the roads and the city's skyline. Trash has been cleared and bleaching powder sprinkled on the roads.

"It is always good to see your city so neat and clean," said Vijay Pratap Singh (42), a resident. "Why can't the PMC make the same effort the year round?"

Vijay, however, pointed out that areas that don't fall on the PM's cavalcade route were still plagued by trash, encroachment and other civic woes.