Following directive from the High Court on a KVVES petition
PATHANAMTHITTA: The municipal authorities, with the help of the police, on Friday evicted encroachers from B-I Road near the private bus stand in Thiruvalla.
Vegetable and fish vendors had encroached on the public road, causing inconvenience to pedestrians and traffic congestion during peak hours.
The Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithy (KVVES) had moved the Kerala High Court against the municipality’s alleged indifference towards its plea to evict the encroachers. The court, in turn, directed the civic body to clear all encroachments in a time-bound manner.
Though the municipality had asked the vendors to vacate the area before June 1, they continued the illegal occupation.
There were also allegations of vendors harassing pedestrians, especially women, leading to law and order issues.
The municipal secretary had sought police assistance for the eviction drive on May 26.
Municipal chairman Jacob Vanchippalam; the former chairman R. Jaykumar; and other municipal authorities reached the spot at 9.30 a.m. to carry out the eviction process. A police party, led by Circle Inspector Santhoshkumar and Sub-Inspector, K.R. Pratheek intervened when a group of encroachers tried to resist the eviction drive.
Trade union activists attached to CITU also raised slogans supporting the encroachers. Tension prevailed for a few minutes and there was a scuffle between a group of vendors and the municipal workers following an altercation over removing the trolleys from the road.
The encroachers demanded that the municipality take steps to rehabilitate them. However, the civic body authorities rejected the demand. The eviction process was completed by 12.30 p.m.