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GMC cracks down on illegal footpath vendors


GUWAHATI, March 13 - The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) today conducted a drive against the unauthorised and unhygienic poultry shops, hotels, restaurants, fast-food and other illegal outlets that have sprung up on footpaths causing immense inconvenience to pedestrians.

During the drive conducted under the supervision of its new Commissioner Devajyoti Hazarika, fine to the tune of Rs 21,500 was collected on Friday.

The drive was started at 10.30 am from Jalukbari to Kamakhya road via Adabari. The eviction was carried out largely in the Adabari area.

Joint Commissioner of GMC Siddhartha Goswami, collector Pallavi Kachari, senior medical officer of GMC Anindita Chanda, GMC veterinary officer Pradip Medhi and other officials of the Enforcement Branch, Veterinary Branch, Health Branch and Zonal Office (West) conducted the drive with support from City Police.

�The Enforcement Branch of GMC imposed fine of Rs 10,500 on 57 shops, out of which, two shops were demolished, 20 shops evicted from Jalukbari point to Adabari, 17 shops evicted from the Adabari main road and 19 shops from Kamakhya main road,� a source in the GMC said.

�The Veterinary Branch team rwealised altogether Rs 4500 as fine from 16 fish shops, seven pig shops and 16 chicken shops. The Health Branch team imposed penalty of Rs 6,500 on 15 hotels, fast-food outlets and restaurants at Adabari,� he said.

He added that this drive would be continued for the next seven days and intensified further in the near future. The next drive will be conducted on Monday in areas like Paltan Bazar, Bhangagarh, Ganeshguri, Hatigaon, Bhetapara and Basistha.

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