Anti-Encroachment Drive Resumes in the State Capital

Anti-encroachment drive near Vidyut Bhawan in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: After a gap of nearly two months, the district administration resumed its anti-encroachment drive in Patna on Wednesday removing illegal constructions from various areas including the stretch between the Income Tax Roundabout and the southern end of Birchand Patel Marg.

Five separate teams of the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) with heavy land-movers spread out in various parts of the city and removed illegal establishments from sidewalks and other areas.

Beginning at the Income Tax Roundabout, workers arriving early in the morning took down a number of fruit stalls, huts, and other shops despite protest by their owners. Working their way down south, they cleaned up areas near the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) offices and further down near Mithapur.

Anti-encroachment drive in Patna on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, another team of the PMC was taking down illegal constructions near Adalat Ghat and the Civil Court where practically the entire road was taken over by encroachers making it nearly impossible for vehicles to pass.

Throughout the day, the PMC collected over a lakh rupees in fines, officials said adding the current anti-encroachment drive will continue till January 23.

Interestingly, with so much gap between two such drives, by the time PMC workers clean up one locality, the area they had cleaned up in the past mushrooms back to life with even more illegal constructions rendering this entire effort useless.

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