Drive against footpath encroachment continues

Drive against footpath encroachment continues

A day after the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) personnel launched a drive against mobile eateries for encroaching footpaths on different roads, in the city, on Wednesday, MCC officials, on Thursday, evicted footpath vendors and removed concrete structures encroaching the pedestrian paths.

The drive that lasted around 11 hours, starting from 9 am, cleared vendors and removed illegal structures at Agrahara — including the area around 101 Ganapathi Circle and Nanjumalige under zone one of the MCC; and Dodda Gadiyaara Circle, Gandhi Square, Old Bank Road and Sayyaji Rao Road under zone six.

Anticipating opposition from the vendors, the drive, led by zone one Assistant Commissioner Satyamurthy, was launched amid police protection.

At N Madhava Rao Circle (Agrahara Circle), around 30 roadside vendors were evicted. While some vacated on their own, those who dared the drive had to face the wrath with the gangmen seizing their push carts.

The carts were returned later with a warning not to continue with the business in violation of law. As some traders had encroached upon the footpath by building concrete structures, an earth moving vehicle was summoned.

 As such structures were removed, the aggrieved persons took the personnel to task. They questioned the sudden action by the civic body, after remaining mum for several years.

At zone six, Assistant Commissioner Veena led the drive around Dodda Gadiyaara, where food and cloth vendors who had encroached footpaths were evicted.

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