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Encroachments on road margins removed

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The Hindu       10.02.2015     

Encroachments on road margins removed

Officials remove encroachments on Vanniya Perumal Kovil Street at Mudaliarpet in Puducherry on Monday. (Right) Workers clear the rubble.— Photos: T. Singaravelou
  • Officials remove encroachments on Vanniya Perumal Kovil Street at Mudaliarpet in Puducherry on Monday. (Right) Workers clear the rubble.— Photos: T. Singaravelou

Almost all houses and shops have extended platforms that block drainage canals

Municipal officials of Puducherry and police removed encroachments from the spots in front of commercial establishments and houses on Vanniya Perumal Kovil Street at Mudaliarpet on Monday.

Commissioner of Puducherry Municipality R. Chandirasekaran said that around 40 shops and 20 houses had encroached upon the platforms up to the end of the road, causing traffic congestion in the area.

The extended platforms ranging from one to three feet had encroached on drainage canals obstructing the flow of sewage. Almost all shops and houses had platforms protruding to the municipal road. A few shops had erected unauthorised structures such as shelters, banners and sign-boards on their own. This hindered the movement of fire tenders into the area, he said.

The municipality served notices on the people, asking them to remove encroachments. But none of them had responded to the notices. The civic body would continue the drive and remove all encroachments in the city, he said.

A few shops have erected unauthorised structures such as shelters, banners and sign-boards

 

Encroachments removed in Thanjavur

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The Hindu       10.02.2015   

Encroachments removed in Thanjavur

Civic body officials launched a major encroachment removal exercise to clear illegal occupation of roadsides on four major streets here on Monday.

Officials led by Commissioner T. Kumar started removing encroachments including shops and commercial establishments on West Main Street.

Those constructions, temporary and permanent, that were posing hindrance to public and vehicular traffic movement were pulled down and debris loaded on waiting trucks that carted them away.

Collector N. Subbaiyan had issued a directive to the local body officials to remove all encroachments on four major thoroughfares - West Main Street, East Main Street, North Main Street and South Main Street - sometime back. The move is possibly linked to the plan for a trial run of the new temple car for Sri Brihadeeswarar Temple soon.

Irked by constant clogging of main thoroughfares including Raja Mirasdar Hospital Road and Old Bus Stand area, public had urged the administration to remove encroachments on road margins that hindered free flow of traffic.

While pedestrians found it difficult to move around, motorists could only wade through the milling crowds pushed to the middle by the occupiers of the road margins.

Welcoming the encroachment removal drive, activists stressed the need to prevent cropping up of fresh illegal occupations. “It’s good that the encroachments are being removed.

The officials must not make a half-hearted attempt but must go the full distance in clearing the roads of all obstacles overcoming any impediment,” points out former president of the District Chamber of Commerce and Industry K. Padmanabhan. He adds that the effort would fully benefit the public only when the officials prevent encroachments from coming up again after some time.


Collector had asked the civic body on encroachments

Eviction drive taken up on four streets near the Big temple

 

Unauthorised hoardings removed in Salem

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The Hindu         29.01.2015 

Unauthorised hoardings removed in Salem

Corporation workers removing unauthorised hoardings along Sarada College Road in Salem on Wednesday. —PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN
Corporation workers removing unauthorised hoardings along Sarada College Road in Salem on Wednesday. —PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

As many as 40 unauthorised hoardings and flex banners that were kept in violation along arterial roads in the city were removed by Corporation workers, here on Wednesday.

Illegal hoardings and digital banners along the arterial roads and at other public places have mushroomed in the city recently.

Though a few hoardings were erected after obtaining permission from the civic body, many hoardings violated the rules disturbing free flow of traffic.

Other hoardings were put up without obtaining permission due to the poor monitoring mechanism by the authorities in the four Corporation zones. Though the issue was raised in the council meetings many times, no action had been taken.

On Wednesday, workers removed 18 hoardings that were found violating the norms, including erection of hoardings beyond the permitted size. Also, 22 unauthorised hoardings were removed. The hoardings were removed from Hasthampatti Roundtana, Cherry Road, Vincent bus stop and Ramakrishna Road. Officials said that the drive would continue.

 


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