BANGALORE: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Tuesday, conducted a footpath encroachment clearance drive at J P Nagar 6th phase in the city.
In all, 15 shops which had been set up on the footpaths were cleared by the BBMP, under police security.
Bangalore (south) zone executive engineer Nisar Ahmed Khan told Express that the drive will be intensified in the coming days.
“On Tuesday, the drive was conducted from Brigade Millennium till Jamboo Savari Dinne a distance of around 2 km, on one side of the road. We started at 9.30 am and finished around 6 pm. We will take up the clearance drive on the other side of the road from Thursday,” he said.
Khan said such drives are conducted regularly, normally after every six months.
“However, in the past year and a half, we haven’t been able to conduct the drive as there are other pressing issues,” he said.
“After Tuesday’s drive, the public expressed their satisfaction as earlier they had no place to walk on the footpath. Even a park located on the premises of the Millennium complex was cleared of encroachers,” he said.
Next week, a similar drive will be conducted at the Chunchaghatta main road, close to Kanakapura road, he added.
For the drive on Tuesday, three excavators, three tractors, a lorry and 40 labourers were used.
Khan added that the BBMP faced no resistance from the encroachers.