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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

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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.

 

Drive against encroachments

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The Hindu             27.11.2013

Drive against encroachments

A drive against encroachments was carried out by officials from the Madurai Corporation in ward 17 in zone 3 on Tuesday where nearly 25 shops were evicted.

According to a press release, roadside shops on the C.M.R road, which were there without permission and were obstructing the flow of traffic, were evicted. Bathrooms and cowsheds, which were occupying both sides of the road, at Adi Dravidar Colony were also evicted.

 


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