Jaipur: Following the high court directions, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC), initiated a drive to remove encroachments and ramps illegally constructed in front of the houses in residential colonies. The JMC team swung into action and reached Madhuban colony at Tonk Road, where it removed encroachments and ramps in front of 34 houses.
The house owners protested against the drive. However, the deployment of police kept protesters at bay. Many alleged that the JMC did not provide time and ramps were removed. "We will not be able to park our vehicle inside. The JMC claims the drive is carried out to widen the road and reduce congestion. If the vehicles will be parked on road day and night, it would increase the congestion." said Swapnil Jain, a protester. The JMC will submit a compliance report in the high court on September 12. "Our team will remove the encroachments in front of houses. Recently, many complaints were received from several colonies. We will ensure the ramps and other encroachments do not congest the colony roads," said a JMC official.
Earlier, the municipal corporation demolished the illegally extended ramps in the city but failed to keep a tab on the nuisance later. In many areas of the city house owners have again extended the ramps encroaching portions of the road.
This problem is prominent in newly developed colonies on Tonk Road, Jhotwara, Ajmer Road and Sirsi Road, where narrow lanes have become narrower due to the construction of ramp.
In some prominent areas such as Civil Lines, Bapu Nagar and Tilak Nagar people have encroached the road by extending ramps. The nuisance of extension of ramps on the roads has led to traffic problems as roads get tapered. Moreover, when residents park their four-wheelers ahead, it congests the road, leaving no space for commuters to pass.
"Due to extended ramps, many colony members fight when passing through congested lanes becomes difficult. These ramps are also risky for the bikers at night." said Govind Yadav, a resident.