Bhubaneswar:11/11/21: In a major eviction process, jointly carried out today by the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL), Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), and Commissionerate Police, area near the city railway station was made free from encroachments to enable smooth implementation of the ongoing Smart Janpath Project.
Apart from ensuring a better and smooth traffic circulation as an important road connecting the Master Canteen Junction with the Bhubaneswar Railway Station, this drive would also make a way for the Public Realm (space) for the Smart Janpath Project by providing a cycling track, pedestrian lighting, a buffer zone for ornamental plantation and sitting arrangements for the citizens.
During the eviction drive 23 polythene and bamboo shed shops, 28 fast food counters on trolleys and 32 vending/mobile shops selling fruits and other items were demolished despite heavy opposition from the vendors. During the process two enforcement squads from BDA, two squads of BMC, one from Smart City, police force led by IIC of Kharvel Nagar police station participated.
The enforcement drive carried out under the direction of the Managing Director and CEO of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited-cum-BMC Commissioner and VC BDA Sanjay Kumar Singh was also monitored by General Manager Smart City Kamaljit Das, Manager (Engineering) BSCL Pradeep Singh, Assistant Commissioner (Enforcement) BMC Lilan Sahoo and Enforcement Officer BDA Pramod Patra, among others.