Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) anti-encroachment drive has taken a back seat in wake of the ensuing assembly polls. With a number of municipal officials and employees being assigned poll duties, the civic work has been hit hard. Prominent areas including Kolar, New market, Bairagarh, Nehru Nagar, Govindpura continue to suffer congestion due to the encroachment but BMC is not taking a note of the inconvenience caused to the people.
Even the mobile court of the BMC has not visited busy commercial hubs like New Market or Chowk Bazaar for last few months to look into offences related to sanitation and hygiene. The court fines the shopkeepers for encroachment and non-maintenance of cleanliness in their surroundings.
The municipal body could not carry out anti-encroachment drive during the just ended festive season. Traffic congestion and encroachments at Sant Nagar and Chowk Bazaar hassled the commuters but authorities remained nonchalant. On the other hand there are allegations of selective action by the municipal teams in wards. Rafeeque Qureshi, corporator said that his ward is heavily congested but he was helpless as model code of conduct is in force and he cannot direct encroachment cell to act against encroachers in his ward.
- Mohammad Sageer leader of opposition in the BMC says that the anti-encroachment team is busy doing other works. The Election Commission should take note that through selective anti- encraochment drive no one should oblige anyone.
- BMC commissioner Avinash Lavania, however, claimed that anti-encraochment drive was underway and all are performing their duties. He admitted that mobile municipal court has visited busy markets for a while but claimed that it has nothing to do with the current political election phase. We have to chalk out a separate plan to get the city rid of encroachment, he added.