Kendrapara, July 2 (LocalWire): The district administration began demolishing illegal shops that mushroomed on both sides of the road at Tinimuhani Chack and near Baladevjew temple at Ichapur in Kendrapara town on the eve of Rath Yatra today.
‘We have launched massive eviction operations against land mafia and illegal shop owners who encroached the state highway.
Despite protests from the encroachers, we demolished many shops at Tinimuhani Chhack.
The district administration deployed police to keep a watch over the law and order situation,’ Hemalata Bahalia, Tehasildar of Kendrapara said.
Security has been tightened and police deployed to check any untoward situation at the time of the eviction drive, added the officer.
‘We need land for the construction of upcoming projects and widening the roads. We will not spare any encroachers who are illegally occupying government land.
Congestion on the main roads is one of the major concerns and the roadside encroachments have been identified as one of the main contributory factors.
Legal action will be taken against those who refuse to vacate the lands.
Officials are working out ways to gather details about government land under unlawful occupation in the district,’ the sub-Collector of Kendrapara, Sanjay Mishra, said.
Encroachers have choked the road from new bus stand to Court Road along the river side and ghats of the Govari river but the authorities are yet to start an eviction drive in these areas, alleged Biswanath Behera, the vice-president of Kendrapada Citizens Forum.
Commuters face a lot of problem as vegetable sellers sell vegetables everyday at Gopa Chack on National Highway 5 (A) in the outskirts of Kendrapada town.
The major complaints of the commuters are encroachment of highway, parking of vehicles on the road and frequent digging of roads for makeshift tents.
‘The highway is not the place for a vegetable market.
Vegetable sellers cause inconvenience to pedestrians and motorists.
We complained to the district administration umpteen number of times but no action has been taken to shift the vegetable market from the highway,’ said Sarat Das a retired teacher of Gopa Chack.
Farmers have been hindering traffic flow, especially the movement of buses and trucks on the highway from morning to noon every day.
The highway does not look like a highway at Gopa Chhack .
It just looks like a narrow road. But the authorities are not taking any action against the encroachers , said Alekha Sahoo a bus driver of Kendrapara.