JORABAT, Aug 29 - In a bid to lessen the burden of people affected by the artificial floods at Jorabat, the Sonapur circle office today issued an eviction drive notice to the people residing on or running businesses from encroached government land and blocking the perennial drain.
The administration is set to conduct an eviction drive in an around Jorabat soon.
It may be mentioned that the administration is gearing up for the eviction drive for the second time this season. It had carried out drives a few times in recent years also, but without much success. The locals allege that the eviction drives carried out are a mere eyewash, with no palpable action being taken against the big business establishments running from encroached government land or blocking the flow of the drain.
�Only the roadside petty traders who work relentlessly to eke out a living, are evicted during the drives. The big business establishments are left untouched, showing the biased attitude of the administration,� a flood-affected resident rued.
Meanwhile, reacting to the eviction drive notice issued by the administration, the Dimoria unit of the All Assam Students� Union, backed by huge support from the public, has cautioned that there should be �no selective eviction�. It alleged that many a time, the administration is seen acting in a partisan manner during eviction drives.
The AASU unit, along with the aggrieved public who have been witnessing floods for years on end, has threatened to block the National Highway-37 if the administration is seen acting in a selective manner this time.