GUWAHATI, Nov 12 � In a massive eviction drive undertaken by the Kamrup Metro district administration, civic staff today cleared away all illegal encroachments around the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport here.
Dr M Angamuthu, Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner, said over 50 shops and hoardings were evicted during the drive, which will now be followed up with a beautification plan for the area.
�The airport is in a very bad shape with roads around it taken over by encroachers who had set up illegal structures, including shops, for conducting business. This had led to problem with regard to smooth flow of traffic and many accidents had been reported over the months,� he said.
�After all, the Guwahati airport is the face of Assam and the North East and we have to maintain its ambience.� Angamuthu added.
There were a number of shops and hotels in front of the airport and local people had complained that business of sale and consumption of illicit liquor was going on at many of those establishments. The drive was conducted by a team of civic officials headed by Additional DC Bharat Bhushan Deb Choudhury. Dr Angamuthu also made a visit to the spot and directed the follow-up action.
Police personnel, staff from the Azara Circle Office and Airports Authority of India (AAI) were also present.
"Now we will follow this up with a drive in the entire stretch from the airport to Jalukbari. A beautification plan has also been formulated and trees and flower plants will be planted along the road in the entire stretch. We have also asked the AAI to take up steps for keeping the airport area clean and to beautify it," Dr Angamuthu said.
Meanwhile, the administration also conducted an eviction drive at Uzanbazar, which was supervised by Guwahati Circle Officer L Saharia.
The drive targeted squatters on the banks of the Brahmaputra River on the road to Raj Bhavan. During the drive, 41 huts, a concrete wall and some shops and other structures were evicted.