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Shopping complex demolished for bus terminus at Vadavalli

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The Hindu        02.03.2017  

Shopping complex demolished for bus terminus at Vadavalli

Corporation workers removing goods from shops that are part of its shopping complex at Vadavalli in the city on Wednesday.HANDOUT_E_MAIL  

Shopkeepers allege that the Corporation had not given them adequate time to vacate

The civic body on Wednesday removed a shopping complex at Vadavalli amidst opposition by occupants.

Officials from the Town Planning wing demolished the complex that belonged to the Corporation. They said that the complex with eight shops - four on the ground and four on the first floors - stood on the pathway of the proposed bus terminus.

The Corporation needed a 50 feet width pathway on the southern side - Marudhamalai Road - to facilitate the entry and exit of buses to the proposed terminus. The shopping complex ate away nearly 25 feet and so had to be removed. The officials also said that the Corporation had already demolished around 10 private shops on the south eastern side of the proposed terminus and also an old public toilet. The civic body had proposed construction of the terminus on 2.02 acre at Vadavalli, north of the existing terminus, with adequate passenger facilities. The shopkeepers in the complex alleged that the Corporation had not given them adequate time to vacate the premises. It had not issued notices to vacate and thereby had not followed the due process of law.

An occupant said that he had paid the rent in advance - till March. Now with the Corporation forcing him to vacate, he wanted to know the fate of the money he had paid. Officials said that the Corporation did serve the notice 15 days ago but they refused to take it. The civic body had followed the procedures and there was nothing much for the shopkeepers to complain about.


‘Remove all encroachments’

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The Hindu     21.02.2017

‘Remove all encroachments’

 Shopkeepers in Big Bazaar Street told; given time for a few days

The Tiruchi City Police and the Corporation authorities have joined hands to tackle the issue of encroachments and congestion on the Big Bazaar street – the city’s prominent commercial hot spot.

Dotted with commercial establishments on either side of the entire stretch, the Big Bazaar street also known as ‘Periya Kadai Veedhi’ is always abuzz with trading activity till the late night hours.

Indiscriminate parking of vehicles along the busy stretch and encroachments by some of the shopkeepers makes it difficult for a free ride for motorists coming from the Gandhi Market arch and from the by lanes.

Realising the problem, the law enforcers and the civic body have now come together in a conscious effort to address the twin issues of congestion and encroachments along the Big Bazaar street.

A team of city traffic police personnel led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) S. Prabhakaran along with senior Corporation officials on Saturday asked the shopkeepers to remove the encroachments as early as possible to ease congestion and ensure smooth ride for motorists from the Gandhi Market arch towards the NSB road.

The shopkeepers have been given time for a couple of days to remove the encroachments along the stretch.

The civic body officials would remove encroachments with assistance provided by the police if the traders failed to remove them, said Deputy Commissioner Prabhakaran.

The city police would hold a meeting with the traders on February 21 to insist them to remove encroachments, he said.

The city police have planned one-side parking of two-wheelers along the Periya Kadai veedhi.

The plan is to have parking on one side for the first 15 days and parking on the other side of the stretch on the second half of the month.

Proper paint markings would be done along the street to enable parking of two-wheelers.


Unauthorised shops in New Bus Stand removed

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The Hindu         28.01.2017

Unauthorised shops in New Bus Stand removed

 Corporation workers removing a sugarcane crushing unit from New Bus Stand in Salem on Friday.– Photo: E.Lakshmi NarayananE_Lakshmi Narayanan;E_Lakshmi Narayanan  ×

As many as 54 unauthorised shops, including fruit st

As many as 54 unauthorised shops, including fruit stalls and tea shops, functioning in Dr. MGR Integrated Bus Terminal (New Bus Stand) were removed by the Corporation officials on Friday evening.

A team led by V. Thilaga, Assistant Commissioner of Suramangalam Zone, officials and workers removed the shops that had encroached on the space in the bus stand. The officials also seized three sugarcane crushing units. As many as 10 shopkeepers had encroached upon the pathways. Despite opposition from the shopkeepers, officials removed the shops and seized the items.

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