September 30, 2020

Eviction to ease traffic

Patna: The Patna district administration has decided to remove encroachment from several places in the city to reduce traffic jams.

Patna district magistrate (DM) Kumar Ravi recently held a meeting in this regard with top district administration officials. The meeting resolved to remove encroachment from places, including Chiraiyatand overbridge, Mithapur overbridge, Kankerbagh, Rajendra Nagar, Fraser Road, Exhibition Road, Bari Path and Nala Road localities. Presence of vendors has hit the traffic condition real hard in all these areas. The situation is worst during peak traffic hours in the morning and evening when office-goers and schoolchildren go to their respective places.

It was decided at the meet to remove the temporary squatters from footpaths, causing hindrance to pedestrians.

Action against autorickshaws plying on various routes is on the cards. The authorities have decided to do away with the temporary stand that autorickshaw and mini-bus drivers have created on Road No-4 of Malahi Pakdi Road in Kankarbagh. Removing it can help smooth flow of traffic.

Encroachment would also be removed from the nearby Patna Junction where autorickshaws have made traffic hell. Ravi had directed officials to remove temporary autorickshaw stands at Patna Junction.

Directions were also issued to traffic superintendent of police (SP) P.N. Mishra to remove confiscated vehicles that cause road jams.

Infact, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in Patna High Court by Public Interest Litigation Forum highlighting poor traffic management in Patna.

The petitioner had alleged large-scale encroachment on Patna’s roads, causing traffic disruptions.

The court was told that traffic jams seem to have become perpetual in Patna, causing great inconvenience to people including schoolchildren and patients on way to hospitals.

Taking cognizance of the matter, the high court had even directed Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) to remove squatters from Patna’s roads, causing traffic hazards within six weeks. The order was passed on December 19, 2017. But, till now encroachment exists at large parts of Patna’s roads.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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