Hundreds of protestors take out rally against anti-encroachment drive in Jamshedpur
December 6, 2018
Ask DC to stop anti-encroachment measures in public interest
Jamshedpur, Dec. 6: Traffic was badly hit along the Subernarekha Link Road stretch between Jubilee Park Gate and Old Court campus in Sakchi due to protest rally taken out by hundreds of residents of unauthorized urban slums facing threat of anti-encroachment drive.
The protestors, united under the banner of ‘Ghar Bachao Sangharsh Samity’ and backed by opposition parties—Congress and JVM—took out a rally from Baradwari Durga Puja ground and went to Jamshedpur Collectorate. They held banners with messages demanding immediate halting of the anti-encroachment drive of the district administration. They went to the Collectorate office to submit memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of East Singhbhum Amit Kumar.
JVM leader and Ghar Bachao Sangarsh Samity convenor Abhay Singh said the residents are under threat of being rendered homeless which is the reason for their launching the protest. He accused the Raghubar Das government of being anti-poor.
He said Das had promised to give ownership right to the residents of all bastis of the city before becoming CM. But after becoming CM, he said, Das had forgotten his promises made to the people of the city.
Singh said the JVM was not against PMAY projects, adding that the party was against the manner in which poor people were being rendered homeless. He said the administration should implement the PMAY project on unoccupied government lands.
Dhalbhum SDO Chandan Kumar said that permission was given only for rally and not for blocking road. “It was really shocking to see how the residents reacted. We had given permission only for rally and not blocking road and we will take action based on photograph evidence,” said Chandan Kumar.
East Singhbhum district administration embarked on a massive anti-encroachment campaign in its biggest urban slum of Birsanagar to free government land of boundaries and structures built allegedly by land mafias. The drive started at a densely populated area of Birsanagar Zone II which falls under Jamshedpur East constituency.
An official said that encroachments in the city are omnipresent and thriving, much to the discomfort of the ordinary citizen. Be it the road, parks, pavements, markets or public land taken over in the name of religion, the city is known for the encroachments which blot the urban landscape.
The SDO further said that a survey is being carried out by Jamshedpur circle officer and the local (Birsanagar) police station official for identifying similar encroachment of government lands by builders and other illegal structures. Sources informed that several illegal hutments and shops have been raised in areas in Mango, Golpahari, Loco Colony, Karandih, Jugsalai, Sakchi and Bistupur. Though several times the anti-encroachment drives have been carried but due to support of local goons the people are able to intrude the land again.
“As resident of Jamshedpur I welcome the decision of district administration to re-launch anti encroachment drive. It is sad that most of the shop owners have concretized the platform in front of their shops, several of them blocking the drain. As a result of which the drainage system has collapsed, causing the rain water to spill over to the road leading to traffic congestion.
The increasing encroachment on the government land area particularly on busy market areas has become a matter of concern. Even the roads are squeezing day by day because of encroachments thus making difficult to drive the vehicles.
Encroachment of public land in the city has become an urban eyesore. It has brought traffic movement to a crawl. Steps need be taken to vacate the illegal constructions.