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Encroachment removed

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The Hindu            12.12.2013 

Encroachment removed

Staff Reporter

The Palani Municipal officials removed more than two-decade-old encroachment on a municipal land meant for establishing a park.

Ramasamy (80), a retired employee of the Palani Municipality who called himself a Gandhian, had reportedly encroached on the land and constructed a house there. The municipality had served several notices on Ramasamy to vacate the place. But he did not oblige.

Amid tight security, the officials shifted the family members from the house and demolished it on Wednesday.

When contacted, Municipal Commissioner K. Saravana Kumar said the municipality had been fighting for the land since 1992.

The civic body got a judgment from court in its favour in 2010. But Ramasamy did not respond to the several notices and warnings issued by the authority. Now, the officials had retrieved the land, he added.


Encroachments removed at Bhavani bus stand

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The Hindu             29.11.2013

Encroachments removed at Bhavani bus stand

R. Krishnamoorthy

Shops had occupied pavement space

Passengers in Bhavani bus stand are now able to breathe easy, following removal of encroachments in front of shops by the Muncipality.

The bus stand, with the freed space originally designed for pavements in front of about 40 shops, now presents a pleasant sight.

Passengers are able to move freely after the eviction carried out by the Bhavani Municipality authorities on Wednesday. A famous pilgrim town, Bhavani is also a leading business centre for carpets, attracting several hundreds of people every day.

The Sangameswarar Temple in the town is where the Cauvery, Bhavani, and an invisible river Amirtha meet.

For pilgrims thronging the temple, the bus stand was an eye sore. The bus stand used to look crowded on new moon days. These days were when the absence of pavements used to be conspicuously felt, locals said.

Devotees from other States who regularly visit the town in large numbers during December (Margazhi) will henceforth be able to feel comfortable in the bus stand, according to Shankar, a local businessman. He wanted the Municipality to deal with encroachers sternly. The encroached space by each shopkeeper far exceeded the originally allotted space of 10 x 10 feet about 20 years ago, he said. The Municipality carried out the eviction after the Sub-Collector of Gobichettipalayam Chandrasekar Sakhamuri, in his capacity as subdivisional magistrate, conveyed the need for action based on the representations he had received from the public earlier this month.

He had asked the Municipality to ensure that passengers feel convenient inside the bus stand.

Mr. Chandrasekar had also made a similar communication for hassle-free movement of vehicles in the congested town to the State Highways Department.

Officials of the department are now getting the sides of main roads cleared of encroachments.


Vendors given a day to clear encroachments

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The Hindu             27.11.2013

Vendors given a day to clear encroachments

Special Correspondent

Vegetable vendors at the town market staged a road roko in front of the market protesting the ‘operation eviction’ launched by the municipality in clearing encroachment of thatched structures at the entrance to the market. The merchants demanded a day’s time for voluntary removal of the encroachments to avoid any loss. The agitation continued for a while till municipal officials came to the scene. The officials conceded their demand but warned of stern action if the encroachments were not removed by Wednesday.


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