PMC Removes Encroachment on Patna-Digha Abandoned Railway Track

Squatters on R Block-Digha railway track during anti-encroachment drive on Tuesday.

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Patna: Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) workers on Tuesday cleared illegal encroachment along the abandoned R Block-Digha railway line in an ongoing anti-encroachment drive to comply with a previous High Court order to this effect.

Huts and other constructions on and along the 1.7-kilometer railway track were removed with the use of heavy earth-movers in a joint effort by the PMC, Road Construction Department, and the Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNNL)

As stated by the Road Construction Department, it plans to build a 7-km road between R Block and Digha railway line to reduce congestion in the area.

Officials said unlike at many other places, there was no protest by the displaced people who said they had already moved their belongings to different areas before heavy machineries moved in to clear the track.

Meanwhile, a similar drive was carried out in the New Market area just outside Patna Junction though such efforts in the past have proven to be futile as encroachers, within days of their removal, move right back in to set up their business again.

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