Published On : Wed, Apr 12th, 2017

When will Nagpur become encroachment free?

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Nagpur: It seems removing the encroachment from around Variety square to Maharajbagh bus stop has become a regular feature of Nagpur Municipal Corporation. On Tuesday, the anti-encroachment squad of NMC and traffic police once again cleared encroachments by fruit juice kiosks in front of the civic body’s headquarters in Civil Lines.

The squad also removed encroachments by roadside vendors from the public help booth at Maharajbagh city bus stop stand. But the citizens have questioned that how long will the stretch remain encroachment free.

Vendors had encroached upon a public help booth at Maharajbagh, which was meant to guide daily bus commuters through the chaos of the busy bus stand. The encroachments had been there for the past few years, yet no action was taken against them by the NMC or police.

Commuters have often expressed their happiness over the action taken. A citizen said, “The removing of encroachment is good, but it is useful only if the officials actually use the structure for its intended purpose.

“I request the NMC to make a site specifically for the city bus services with all the information like bus routes, timing etc for our benefit.”

Another commuter, Sudhir Naidu, said, “A further step would be making a helpline for the passengers to help them and serve better.”

Similarly, the traffic police took cognisance of media’s report on mobile fruit juice centres in front of NMC’s headquarters. The police penalized five owners of the kiosks.

Led by DCP (traffic) Smartana Patil, the traffic police also issued warnings to two eating joints, East India Company and Nanking, on Rabindranath Tagore Marg in Civil Lines for encroaching a major portion of the roads by putting up barricades.