GUWAHATI, July 12 � The anti-encroachment drive in the city carried out by the district administration and other civic bodies, entered the 13th day today with the scene of major action shifting from the water bodies to the National Highway 37.
A senior district administration official said 51 shops, three boundary walls, three illegally built religious structures and a number of bamboo walls were demolished during today�s drive along the National Highway 37 from Basistha Chariali to Koinadhara.
�The drive will eventually cover the entire length from Khanapara to Jalukbari in the days to come. The intention of expanding the eviction drive to NH-37 is to ensure that streams, drains and rivulets in the vicinity of the road are cleared up and rainwater can get an easy access out, thus preventing artificial flooding,� said the official.
Another 48 kuccha houses were also cleared up along the NH-37 and a 700-metre stretch of a drain was also cleaned there.
He also added that more excavators are expected to be brought into the drive from tomorrow so that the eviction drive is taken up at a faster pace.
Meanwhile, in Bormotoria and Jayanagar localities in the vicinity of the Bahini river, 11 pucca houses, two kuccha houses and eight boundary walls were demolished today, thus clearing up over three bighas of land.
Similarly, 53 pucca houses, 48 kuccha houses and three boundary walls were cleared up beside the Basistha river.
Meanwhile, along with the eviction drive along the water bodies, the administration has from today also started work on cleaning the areas and dredging the water bodies, including the Bharalu river.