Kendrapara, July 28(LocalWire): The district administration started an eviction drive on Saturday on both sides of the state highway at Pattamundai market in Kendrapara district.
‘We have launched massive eviction operations on Friday against illegal shop owners who had encroached roadside land.
Despite protest from the encroachers, we demolished many shops.
The district administration deployed police to check the law and order situation,’ Sarat Kumar Giri, the tehasildar of Pattamundai said.
Security has been tightened to check any untoward situation at the time of eviction drive, added the officer.
‘We will not spare any encroachers who are illegally occupying the government land.
With increasing congestion on the main roads becoming a major source of concern, roadside encroachments were identified as one of the main contributory factors.
Legal action will be taken against those who refuse to vacate the lands,’ added the Tehasildar.
‘The state highway does not look like a highway here.
It is a narrow road and officials have rightly evicted shop owners who illegally encroached the government land,’ said Prasana Acharya a retired school teacher of Pattamundai.
Babaji Parida the president of the shop owners association of Pattamundai criticized the government for evicting shop owners without giving them compensatory land.
‘A vending zone will be constructed here soon and these shops will be allotted to those persons whose shops were demolished,’ said the Tehasildar.
However, some shop owners had complained that their lands were not unauthorized and yet their shops had been demolished by the authorities.
Around 500 vegetable sellers dump the residues at Gopa Chhack on the National Highway 5(A) and commuters face serious problems.
They complain of encroachment, parking of vehicles on the road and frequent digging of roads to make makeshift tent on both sides.
‘The highway is not a place for a vegetable market.
Vegetable sellers have been causing inconvenience to pedestrians and motorists.
We complained to the district administration umpteen number of times against the encroachers but no action has been taken to shift the market from the highway ,’ said Amar Biswal of Kendrapada.