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Officials remove encroachments between Anna Arch, VOC Colony

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Revenue officials removed encroachments along the road between Anna Arch and VOC Colony at Thiruverumbur here on Thursday. The removal of the obstructions brought relief to motorists and residents who had been severely inconvenienced for the past three decades.

A team of officials led by Thiruverumbur tahsildar A Shoba carried out the eviction drive on Thursday morning. Police personnel were deployed to prevent any untoward incidents. The drive was necessitated following the ultimatum issued by the Madras high court's Madurai bench to officials on a contempt petition moved by the residents of nine villages in the area who alleged that the encroachments along the road caused severe inconvenience to their movement. After the officials failed to obey its previous order, the court directed them to clear the encroachments and file a report on September 18.

Revenue officials, in the the day-long drive, cleared compound walls, platforms, and sun shades of 32 houses which had encroached onto the road. A couple of houses were constructed with major violations. Hence, the officials decided to demolish a major portion of the houses. However on the request of the residents, the officials allowed them remove the encroached parts on their own so that the other portions won't be damaged.

"We have completed the eviction drive by removing all the encroachments on the stretch. Initially, there was an objection from the residents against the eviction drive even though we sent notices to them four months in prior. As per the court direction, we carried out the drive," said Thiruverumbur tahsildar Shoba.

The tahsildar said that the highways department would soon lay road on the areas from where the encroachments were removed to prevent them from cropping up again.

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