GUWAHATI, July 19 � Senior officials from the administration and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) today inspected the progress of the ongoing eviction drive on both sides of the National Highway 37 from Khanapara to Jalukbari.
The team was led by Dr M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner (in-charge) of Kamrup Metro, and comprised Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Commissioner S Viswanathan and officials from civic bodies and NHAI.
During the visit, Angamuthu directed the departments concerned to beef up the eviction drive and also remove the debris from the cleared areas.
The Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), along with GMC, will monitor the issue of encroachment from Khanapara to Basistha point along the NH 37, officials said.
Meanwhile, the anti-encroachment drive in the city continued for the 19th day today with many illegal structures taken down.
The administration has also taken up the task for cleaning up of the Borsola Beel, officials added.
It is worthwhile to note that yesterday the GMDA had, through a notification, intimated that any illegal encroachment in the major water bodies of the city including Deepor Beel, Borsola, Sarusola and Bondajan would be liable for eviction under relevant laws and legal action would be initiated against any violators.
On the other hand, the administration has extended the deadline for removal of slabs and walls over drains and streams at flood-prone localities like Anil Nagar, Tarun Nagar, Nabin Nagar and Lachit Nagar till one week on request of local people and some civic organizations.
The administration had yesterday given two days for removal of such illegal structures, failing which it had said that it would itself demolish them.
�However, the deadline has now been extended to one week as some local people sought some more time to comply with the directions,� an official said.
The district authorities will also start a revenue survey of these low-lying localities and water bodies of the city from Monday, he added.