BARA, Feb 22: Kalaiya Sub-metropolitan City of Bara district has started to demolish illegal structures built by encroaching public lands in Kalaiya Bazaar from Wednesday.
An excavator was used to clear the encroached pavements. According to the sub-metropolis, it was done for the purpose of keeping the city clean, which is also the district headquarters of Bara.
The beauty of Kalaiya Bazaar has deteriorated a lot after entrepreneurs rampantly used pavements to sell their goods. Some of them have even gone in length to construct structures in the pavements to support their shop.
The public had lodged complaints at the sub-metropolis office regarding this issue. They said such activities have made it very difficult for them to walk on the footpaths. Following the complaints, the sub-metropolis started a campaign to free the pavements from encroachment, informed the chief of the sub-metropolis Rajesh Raya.
“We had repeatedly appealed the entrepreneurs to free the pavements for the past two months. However, they refused to do so, which is why we were forced to use excavators,” he said.
For several years, entrepreneurs have been opening shops and constructing illegal structures in pavements of Kalaiya Bazaar. Such activities were left unchecked partially due to lack of local representatives. The newly elected chief Raya has vowed to get rid of such encroachments.
“The sub-metropolis chief is doing a praiseworthy job in clearing the encroached public areas,” said Umesh Das, chairman of the civil society. “Although the affected shopkeepers and entrepreneurs are resentful about it, this would serve the city well in the long term,” he claimed.
According to Chief District Officer (CDO) Bijaya Narayan Manandhar of Bara, clearing the encroached lands should have taken place a long time ago.
“Now that the newly elected Kailaya chief is doing his best, the development of Kalaiya Bazaar looks viable,” added CDO Manandhar.