Court had given civic body 6 weeks to accomplish the task

The Chennai Corporation on Saturday removed encroachments on NSC Bose Road. This follows the directive given by the Madras High Court on Wednesday.

The civic body was directed to take steps for the removal of encroachments on NSC Bose Road in six weeks.

The First Bench comprising Chief Justice M.Y. Eqbal and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam had passed the orders on a contempt petition filed by K.R. Ramaswamy alias ‘Traffic' Ramaswamy, after perusing the affidavit filed by Chennai Police Commissioner, J.K. Tripathy, and also photographs produced by the petitioner.

In the affidavit, the Police Commissioner had claimed that it was the Corporation that would issue notices and take steps for removing encroachments on streets and pavements.

A large number of police personnel were present at the site where all encroachments, including big commercial establishments, were removed on Saturday.

On Friday, the civic body had warned commercial establishments on NSC Bose Road to remove the encroachments themselves. Corporation authorities had also removed a few bottlenecks to pedestrian movement on Mannar Samy Koil Street in Royapuram zone.

However, it had to suspend the work midway as traffic police sensed an impending “law and order” problem in Royapuram in opposition to the eviction drive on Friday.

Adequate police force was present on NSC Bose Road on Saturday as the civic body had to suspend the eviction drive the previous day after portions of over nine shops causing hindrance to pedestrian movement were removed on Mannar Samy Koil Street.

In Royapuram zone, a number of encroachments are still found on various roads, including Monegar Choultry Road, G A Road, Mannar Samy Koil Street and Ibrahim Salai.

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