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Start extensive encroachment eviction drive: federation

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Source : The Hindu Date : 14.06.2009

Start extensive encroachment eviction drive: federation

Special Correspondent

Representation sent to Collector

Petty shops must be shifted

TIRUCHI: The Federation of Consumer and Service Organisations has urged the district administration and the Corporation to take up an extensive encroachment eviction drive in the city, especially to clear the pedestrian pavements.

In a representation to the Collector, M.Sekaran, Convener of the federation, pointed that the Corporation had constructed pedestrian pavements along some of the arterial roads here but most of them had been encroached upon by vendors and commercial establishments.

Welcoming the recent encroachment eviction drive on the NSB Road, he appealed to the civic body and the police to ensure that the hawkers and vendors did not return to occupy the newly built pedestrian pavement along the Teppakulam on the road.

He demanded that the vendors and hawkers occupying vantage position beneath the famous Mainguard Gate also be shifted out.

The petty shops, allotted by the Corporation, in congested areas such as the Mainguard Gate, Heber Road and Bharathidasan Salai, should be shifted.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2009 07:44

Tambaram Municipality steps up drive against encroachments

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Source : The Hindu Date : 10.06.2009

Tambaram Municipality steps up drive against encroachments

Special Correspondent

Crackdown on illegal and unauthorised structures in full swing

— Photo: A.Muralitharan

Action apace: An earth-mover of Tambaram Municipality demolishing encroachments on Tuesday.

TAMBARAM: Tambaram Municipality has stepped up its drive against encroachments in West Tambaram, particularly in market areas and important commercial streets.

Since Friday, officials of the local body have been cracking down on illegal and unauthorised structures. It was initially believed to be an act against temporary structures that the local body brings down during its routine drive.

The encroachment drive has now entered its fifth day, making it one of the most intensive drives against unauthorised structures in the recent past. While owners of petty shops and bigger commercial establishments alleged that that the local body’s action only reflected its vindictive attitude, municipal authorities denied the charge.

They clarified they were acting on several complaints from the general public and also on instructions from the State government to crack the whip on unauthorised structures.

Municipal authorities over the past few days have been bringing down the unauthorised projections, shops and permanent buildings on Muthurangam Street and the main market area in the Duraiswamy Reddiar open market and on Abdul Razzaq Street.

“There is no justification for the sudden and unjustified action from engineering, town planning or sanitary authorities of the municipality,” said K. Ramesh, one of the hundreds of workers in the West Tambaram market.

Municipal authorities said they were initiating the crackdown as the problem of encroachments had assumed such large proportions that even the common public were unable to walk around freely either on Shanmugham Road or through the fish, poultry and vegetable markets around Abdul Razzaq Street.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 13:58

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