Around 25 shopkeepers and hoteliers had encroached upon the road space

Coimbatore Corporation officials on Wednesday removed encroachments in Pappanaickenpalayam.

According to sources, following complaints from residents to Mayor S.M. Velusamy and Commissioner G. Latha, the Corporation’s North Zone officials led by Assistant Commissioner V. Saravanan carried out the drive around 8 a.m. They ended the operation by 2 p.m. The sources said that the officials removed the encroachments in Venugopal Layout and neighbouring areas, where around 25 shopkeepers and hoteliers had encroached upon the road space by extending their shops, or placing stoves and washbasins.

A few shopkeepers had also constructed sheds.

When the operations ended, the Corporation was able to restore 15 feet of encroached space, enabling road users to negotiate turns with ease. The civic body would carry out more such drives in the coming days.

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