BIRATNAGAR, Nov 26: Biratnagar Metropolis has launched a campaign against the pavement encroachment. Under the campaign, footpath shops and structures that have failed to meet the designated criteria will be removed.
The campaign aims to enhance urban beauty and make the movement of pedestrians and vehicles convenient, according to the local government.
It may be noted that on October 20, the local government had issued a public notice, serving a 35-day ultimatum to people concerned to vacate encroached zones.
The campaign kicks off from the main road area of the town. Footpaths in the town are largely occupied by business stalls and illegal structures, it is said.
Local trader Shankar Shah said he personally welcomed the campaign to vacate footpaths and to systematize the urban setting, but he wants the local government to give some time to people concerned so that they could vacate footpaths on their own.
Metropolis police chief Rajan Poudel said they were forced to launch the campaign against pavement enrichment as the notice to this regard was not heeded. He urged one and all to support the efforts to systematize urban life.