NMC, NIT jointly remove encroachments on VVIP route on Chhindwara Road

Nagpur: A joint team of Enforcement Departments of Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Nagpur Improvement Trust on Wednesday morning carried out a major anti-encroachment drive on a stretch of road from Mental Hospital Square to Mankapur Sports Complex Square on Chhindwara Road. The drive began at 9 am and was going on till the filing of this report.

According to officials participating in the drive, the route is often used by VVIPs and complaints of encroachment in massive proportions were received by Municipal Commissioner and NIT Chairman. The encroachment on footpaths not only hindered the movement of VVIP cavalcade but also posed security threat. Mankapur Sports Complex hosts an array of events and the high-profile dignitaries visit the venue for the programmes.

The service road on both the sides of Chhindwara Road and footpaths were the place of encroachments with vendors doing business in household goods, fruits and vegetables. The team has so far seized 6-8 truck load of various kinds of material kept on footpaths by the encroachers.

Ironically, the encroachment menace is not limited to the abovementioned stretch of road. The scourge has spread its tentacles at every nook and corner across the city, courtesy apathetic attitude of concerned babus. Political protection is another angle to the menace. Not only footpaths or roads, illegal construction out of sanctioned maps is major problem of encroachment. Many a time, the authorities initiate anti-encroachment action only after hammering by courts.

The anti-encroachment drive on Chhindwara Road was undertaken in the presence of Ward Officers Harish Raut, Ashok Patil, Vasant Kanhere, NIT’s North Division Engineer Patil and a posse of policemen and employees of concerned departments.

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