Dibrugarh district administration along with the Dibrugarh Municipal Board on Thursday launched a massive drive to evict encroachers. Image: Northeast Now

The Dibrugarh district administration along with the Dibrugarh Municipal Board on Thursday launched a massive drive to evict encroachers along the storm water drains in the town. Many shops which were built by encroaching on drains were demolished.

On May 7, Dibrugarh deputy commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha held a meeting with the officials of Dibrugarh Muncipal Board and the circle officers of Dibrugarh and instructed them to carry out an eviction drive against the encroachment.

The eviction drive was carried out at Gandhinagar area of the town where the people encroached upon the drain area and set up shops over the drain.

“We have evicted the shops constructed illegally in Gandhinagar area. The eviction drive was carried out under the guidance of circle officer Nandita Baruah. The drive will continue,” said officials of Dibrugarh Muncipal Board.

The Gandhinagar and Padumnagar area of the town is affected by artificial flood every year due to poor drainage system.  The people of this area have been facing harrowing time due to flood.

Meanwhile, the construction works of the drains in Dibrugarh has been going on and in some areas the work has not yet finished.

“Encroachment is one of the main issues in our town. Some private hospitals have been constructed over the Dibrugarh town protection drain. Even a temple at Hanuman Singhania road was constructed over DTP drain. The administration should take strict action against such encroachment,” said a resident of Dibrugarh town.

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com

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