Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) yesterday began an 11-day eviction drive against illegal occupiers of footpaths and roadsides in the city.
On the first day, a team of RCC employees and police -- led by Executive Magistrate Samar Kumar Paul -- evicted around 200 illegal shops and other structures on the footpaths by the road from city's Mastarpara Kali temple to Fire Brigade intersection.
The team went to the road at 10am and gave the illegal occupiers an hour to remove their essentials, and then they bulldozed the structures -- mostly concrete ones.
Since Mayor AHM Khairuzzman Liton assumed power last year, he conducted a campaign across the city asking people to remove illegal structures from roadsides, the corporation's executive magistrate told The Daily Star.
The corporation alerted about the drive several times beforehand and published advertisement in local newspapers, asking people to remove the illegal structures.
The drive targeted those who did not pay heed to the notices, Paul said.
Upon the mayor's directive, they began the drive to make commuting easier for thousands of pedestrians, he said.
“The drive is a part of the mayor's programmes to make the city liveable for all,” Paul said.
The decision to conduct the drive was taken at a special meeting held on April 9 with the mayor in the chair. The meeting also banned all kinds of floating businesses on footpaths from 9am to 4pm.
The drive will continue till April 25.