KORAPUT: The Koraput district administration on Tuesday launched a special drive for removing encroachments on NH-26 passing through Jeypore to ensure smooth flow of traffic.
“Encroachments on either side of the highway from Bariniput to New Bus Stand of Jeypore will be removed. These lead to frequent traffic jams and accidents,” said collector (Koraput) Jaya Kumar V.
On the first day, encroachments, mostly roadside eateries, at Bariniput were removed in the presence of district officials. Adequate policemen were deployed to maintain law and order. Officials said illegal constructions, obstructive parking and faulty design hampered traffic movement on the stretch.
“The drive will continue for a few more days. We have appealed to people to remove illegal structures or these will be demolished,” said tehsildar (Jeypore) S S Mishra.
Besides NH-26, the administration will also remove encroachments inside the town to make the roads spacious for free flow of traffic and safe.