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IN FULL SWING: Corporation personnel removing encroachments in the Super Market area in Gulbarga on Tuesday.
IN FULL SWING: Corporation personnel removing encroachments in the Super Market area in Gulbarga on Tuesday.

Special Correspondent

Private taxi stand on government land shifted, pathway in vegetable market restored

GULBARGA: The drive against encroachments resumed in Gulbarga city on Tuesday after a gap of two days.

Corporation officials and the police removed encroachments on the government land in the prime Super Market locality. To decongest traffic in the area, the private taxi stand on the government land was shifted to the side of the moat of Gulbarga Fort opposite BSNL Office.Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey and Corporation Commissioner S.P. Mudhol supervised the drive.

In the morning, Corporation officials pushed back traders in the vegetable market who had encroached upon the pathway in the market. Commissioner Mudhol told The Hindu that the original pathway of 15 feet was restored now. Vegetable vendors had encroached upon the pathway to about five feet on either side.

Mr. Mudhol said that the Deputy Commissioner who visited the vegetable market after the operation suggested installation of pipe railings on both sides of the pathway to prevent traders from encroaching upon the pathway again. The removal of the encroachment in the vegetable market came as a pleasant surprise to the regular visitors at the vegetable market, who earlier had jostle for space.

Surprisingly, there was not a whimper of protest from taxi owners or drivers to the shifting of the taxi stand and the entire operation went off smoothly. Mr. Mudhol said announcements about shifting of the taxi stand were made two days in advance.

Several temporary structures and shops were demolished. Mr. Mudhol said that the vacated taxi stand would now be used for shifting hawkers who park their push carts on the side of the road in the Super Market and vegetable market area. Henceforth no hawker would be allowed to keep their carts on the roads or in any place in the supermarket locality.

He said that the drive would continue. On Wednesday, other encroachments in the Super Market area, Mutton Market and the Old Vegetable Market area would be removed. Later the drive would be extended to other busy roads.

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