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Kolkata police book Grand Arcade squatters

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on August 03, 2018

A view of the Grand Arcade in Kolkata on Friday   -  Debasish Bhaduri

Two days after EIH Hotels Chairman PRS Oberoi, owner of Oberoi chain of luxury hotels, expressed concern over squatters encroaching on the iconic Grand Arcade, the authorities made feeble attempts to improve the look of the heritage structure.

The city police removed tarpaulin sheets and some temporary structures that were covering the Arcade. The pavements of the arcade, however, could not be cleared of encroachers, who are peeved at the police action.

The encroachers, who occupied most of the arcade over the last decade, complain of “unprecedented action.” The eviction drive lasted nearly three hours, with the police registering cases against some vendors and encroachers.

Subhankar Sinha Sarkar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central), said it was a routine process and there was no “specific drive”.

PRS Oberoi, who was in the city to attend the company’s annual general meeting on Wednesday, said he had written to Mayor Sovan Chatterjee 6-8 months back expressing concern over the encroachments and requesting him to “clear the mess”. However, he received no response, he said.

Published on August 03, 2018

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