Citizens held protest as small vendors and shopkeepers have grabbed roads and streets in front of their shops in city main bazaar with alleged connivance of TMA officials and encroachment mafia.

Because of the encroachments spread over many feet, the motorists and pedestrians have to suffer difficulties in carrying out their routine activities in the city. Besides, illegal rickshaw stands have also been set up thereby, causing frequent traffic jams at Railway Chowk. Against the situation, the citizens held a protest to highlight the issue.

The encroachment affected roads and business points include Railway Road, Main Bazaar and Hospital Road. In these areas, the shopkeepers have encroached areas spreading on many feet, thereby creating problems for the visitors. Vendors have created problems for the motorists and pedestrians by establishing makeshift set-ups even on roads. The protesters alleged that the Tehsil Municipal Authority officials were patronising the shopkeepers and encroachers.

They demanded the DCO to take notice of the encroachment on all main roads and thoroughfares. They demanded a vigorous campaign to clean-up the city from encroachment.