: The National Highways Authority of India in coordination with Ramanathapuram Municipality removed encroachments on both sides of the national highway here on Saturday.

The highways authorities, with the help of local police, demolished temporary structures in front of shops and removed nameboards obstructing smooth flow of traffic from M.G. Mahal to Bharathi Nagar.

Earlier the authorities appealed to residents and shopkeepers, through public address system, to remove structures on their own.

The drive is likely to continue on Monday, official sources said.

A bus-shelter built by the Rotary Club was also demolished as it was obstructing traffic.