Eviction drive launched to clear illegal extension of shops

From a Correspondent

DHEKIAJULI, Feb 6:  Dhekiajuli  Municipality Board on Monday launched a major eviction drive across Dhekiajuli town to clear the illegal extension of shops on the roadside.

At 11.30 am on Monday, Dhekiajuli Municipality Board workers in presence of Dhekiajuli Revenue Circle Officer Sabyasachi Kashyap started the eviction drive from the Dhekiajuli Forest Office gate. A large number of CRPF jawans were also present at the time of the eviction drive to avoid any resistance and untoward incident. The Dhekiajuli Municipality Board had earlier served several notices to shopkeepers to clear their illegal structures. But the shopkeepers allegedly did not respond to the notice.

Circle Officer Sabyasachi Kashyap said that most of the shops in the Dhekiajuli town area had extended their premises by erecting temporary shed in front of their shop, causing major problems to passersby. Due to the extension, the NH-15 had become rrow and as a result it was becoming difficult for motor cycles, bicycles, rickshaws and other modes of transportation to pass the NH-15. The Circle Officer also said that the eviction drive would continue till the illegal extensions of the shops were removed.

Some fruit vendors occupying a major portion of the footpath of Dhekiajuli town were also evicted. The eviction drive has drawn a mixed reaction. While the affected shopkeepers were gloomy, the public welcomed  the initiative taken by the local administration.