Patna: The annual ritual of removing illegal encroachment from Maurya Lok Shopping Complex began on Monday with Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) workers forcibly removing small roadside vendors, sidewalk stalls, and betel shops in compliance with a recent Patna High Court order.
Most encroachers, however, were tipped off about today's drive allowing them to move their operation elsewhere. Those who failed to heed the warning had to pay the price as bulldozers leveled their shops in the presence of cops ready to deal with any resistance.
Talking to the reporters, City Manager Om Prakash said that vendors had taken over a large portion of the parking area causing a perpetual traffic gridlock within the market premises.
"Despite several warnings, these vendors, instead of removing their stalls, they continued to expand their illegally-acquired territory leaving us with no choice but to remove them forcibly," said the City Manager.
Meanwhile, City Commissioner Abhishek Singh said the anti-encroachment drive at the Maurya Lok Shopping Complex will continue for the next six days.
"This place is an integral part of the Smart City plan. Once the encroachers have been removed, work will begin on its beautification and addition of civic amenities for the visitors," Singh said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS