Removal of encroachment intensifies

Tearing down : Salem Corporation and revenue officials removing encroachments on Arunachalam street in Salem

Tearing down : Salem Corporation and revenue officials removing encroachments on Arunachalam street in Salem   | Photo Credit: — Photo: P. Goutham

Staff Reporter

Corporation accused of taking action only against hapless small traders and poor people

SALEM: The Salem Corporation has intensified its drive to remove encroachments on its lands and water carrying channels in the city.

The civic body is bringing down the huts, shops and houses built on its lands, water bodies and water carrying channels in many parts of the city.

It had already removed the encroachments on the banks of Tirumanimutharu River and Fort area a few days ago. It had planned to remove the encroachments on Ramalingaswamy Kovil Odai, Kasakaranur Road, Seelanaickanpatti crematorium, Kannankurichi Road, Anaimedu, Kakayan burial ground, Veeranam Main road, Yercaud road, Fort Housing Board colony, Rajavaikkal, Weavers colony, and the stretch between Tiruvagoundanur and Seelanaickanpatti within May.

Corporation officials said that they had already served notices to the encroachers in these places asking them to vacate the occupied places.

However, people who have erected huts on the Corporation lands in a few places claimed that the civic body did not serve any notices or informed them about the eviction.

The Corporation is taking action only against the hapless small traders and poor people, they said.

A few influential persons in the city have also occupied large chunks of government land and water carrying channels and built concrete structures. But the civic body is yet to initiate any serious efforts to remove such encroachments, they alleged.

Encroachments in a few parts in Sarada College Road and Fairlands had not been removed for long, despite repeated representation from the citizens and various organisations, they claimed.

They urged the Corporation to initiate concerted efforts to remove all the encroachments on government lands.

Officials assured that the civic body would remove all the encroachments in the city.

Efforts would be initiated to provide house allotment to the landless poor evicted from the government land.

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