Odisha: BMC rolls-out `Ghanta Gadi’ to ring alarm bells in the minds of footpath encroaching vendors

Bhubaneswar: In order to make the city equipped with better and safer footpaths and less encroachments over them, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today launched a dedicated vehicle named “Ghanta Gadi’’ literally meaning bell vehicle. A special squad has also been formed to look after encroachment issues on footpath and roadsides.
It can be mentioned here that mainly street vendors are occupying footpath creating hurdles for pedestrians and traffic so to create a fear psychosis among the illegal encroachers and change the mindset of the common men, this vehicle would create a warning moment.
This vehicle or “Ghanta Gadi’’ is having a big bell, which would ring alarm bells in the minds of the encroaching persons. This vehicle will be monitored by the Deputy Commissioner of Enforcement of BMC with help of some supervisors. The squad will move on in all the zones randomly without any prior notice. This model is already implemented in various leading cities of India including the National Capital Region, Ahmedabad and Kolkata.
The vehicle was inaugurated by Hon’ble MP of Bhubaneswar, Dr. Prasanna Patsani, in presence of Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena, Deputy Mayor K. Shanti and senior officials of BMC.
Starting from the New Year, the BMC, Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited have jointly started beautifying the city by removing hoardings from “No Hoarding Zones’’ and also flags of various political parties including numerous New Year greetings erected by several political aspirants and community leaders. Recently with a joint action squads of BMC and BDA cleared an area of over 5,000 square feet near BDA City Centre Square and under the flyover connecting Mausima and Sishu Bhawan Square.
It can be mentioned here that in order to make the city skyline clean and without any illegal hoarding, BMC convened a meeting of all political parties on December 30, in order to have a consensus on effective implementation of hoarding regulations and policies.
Representatives of parties like Biju Janata Dal, Bharatiya Janata Party, Indian National Congress, Aam Admi Party and Communist Party of India were there along with senior officials of Commissionerate Police and Additional District Magistrate, Bhubaneswar.