Jamshedpur, Jan. 12: Suraj Kumar (28), an Indian Administrative Officer of the 2013 batch, took charge from Alok Kumar as SDO, Dhalbhum at his office in Bistupur this morning.
Sources in the administrative circle said that Alok Kumar who had joined as SDO, Dhalbhum on June 10,2015, has been promoted as undersecretary in the department of higher education.
“I am happy to take over the post and I promise to keep the steel city, especially the marketplaces of prime localities like Sakchi, Bistupur and Golmuri free from encroachment.
Keeping the city encroachment free is my first priority,” said Suraj. He said that he has taken from his predecessor the necessary guidance as to how to conduct anti-encroachment drives at Sakchi and Bistupur markets where the footpath vendors and shop-keepers tend to encroach on the market land.
He went on to add that commuters traveling through one of the main commercial hubs of the city Sakchi bazaar, which has been cleared of encroachment, can look forward for hassle free journey.
The move assumes significance as illegal parking along with encroachment was the main bottleneck for smooth commuting in the biggest market.
The SDO said similar problems at Bistupur market exist. He said his predecessor has left the job of removing unauthorised shops at Bistupur market incomplete due to some legal hurdle and he would carry on the incomplete work of removing unauthorised shops from Bistupur market once he finds the desk clear.
Incidentally, Sakchi market was cleared of encroachment after several days of efforts on the part of district administration in August while Bistupur market was cleared in September.
With city roads squeezing day by day due to encroachments, the district administration launched launch anti-encroachment drive. “We want to streamline the traffic movement in the city.
We will take initiatives to vacate the illegal constructions so that the vehicles can move easily,” said the officer.He said he would do everything to ensure that the steel city remains a beautiful place to live in.
After taking the charge from Kumar, the officer met his subordinate officers at the Circuit House and took stock of the city, especially about the law and order situation.