Anti-encroachment drive begins amid protests in Rudrapur

The administration launched the drive following a high court directive.
Officers informed the encroachers about the drive through public address system.(HT PHOTO)
Officers informed the encroachers about the drive through public address system.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 12, 2018 09:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Rudrapur | ByMohan Rajput

The municipal corporation resumed its anti-encroachment drive in Rudrapur’s main market on Saturday after a gap of two weeks and removed illegal constructions on footpath amid protest.

The administration launched the drive following a high court directive. The court on June 20, 2016 ordered removal of encroachments on footpath and green belt for smooth traffic in Rudrapur on a petition filed by NGO Pratingya.

Acting on the order, the civic body identified 1,338 encroachments in the town but failed to remove them.

According to sources, when the corporation failed to remove encroachments, the NGO again reached the court and produced evidences of non-compliance of its order.

Taking cognizance of non-compliance of its order, the court issued contempt notices to concerned officers including district magistrate and Mukhya Nagar Adhikari to clarify their position by April 25.

Officers informed the encroachers about the drive through public address system on Friday. On Saturday, civic body officials reached the market with heavy force and started removing illegal structures.

Nigam officers and workers faced a lot of protest but police dispersed the protestors.

Former health minister Tilak Raj Behar and his supporter were taken into custody for obstructing the drive.

Earlier, Suresh Koli, the husband of ex-mayor Soni Koli, laid down before a JCB in protest, police forcibly took him away.

District magistrate Neeraj Khairwal said the drive will continue till all encroachments are removed.

The administration has already given enough time to encroachers for removing encroachment, he said, adding that anybody opposing the drive will face stern action.

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