Illegal Stalls: KRFB to Resume Drive Tomorrow - The New Indian Express

Illegal Stalls: KRFB to Resume Drive Tomorrow

Published: 28th November 2013 09:48 AM

Last Updated: 28th November 2013 09:48 AM

The Kerala Road Fund Board (KRFB) will resume the drive against unauthorised constructions and encroachments on roads and public property in the city from Friday onwards.

Makeshift stalls and extensions on roads on the 42-km stretch of the city roads under the jurisdiction of the Thiruvananthapuram Road Development Company Ltd (TRDCL) will also be removed, according to the officials.

The  traders who had set up makeshift stalls and the footpath vendors across the city roads were earlier directed to move out by Wednesday by KRFB,  or otherwise, the cost of  removing them will be recovered from them.

The crackdown which is aimed at evicting the encroachments on roads and footpaths which pose a nuisance to pedestrians, will begin  after the officials conduct a review on Thursday.

Despite various drives conducted by authorities including the City Corporation and TRDCL,  the rash of authorised structures in congested areas like the Palayam commercial area had caused public displeasure.

“The deadline for removing the unlicensed constructions  and encroachments was over by Wednesday. We are going to conduct a review of the existing structures in this corridor under TRDCL on Thursday and the eviction will begin from November 29,”  said Harikesh P C, Chief Executive Officer of KRFB.

Shops extending to footpaths and makeshift stalls of roadside vendors often offering cheap goods have resulted in  causing traffic congestion and hindering the movement pedestrians through the sidewalks.

Flex boards and other items placed illegally on roadsides and footpaths also come under this category.

Action will be taken against those who misuse lampposts, traffic signposts and landscaped gardens along the road corridors also.

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