A campaign has been launched in Chandrapur of Rautahat to clear the roadside encroached upon by traders.

Though the road was widened to ease traffic movement, traders moved in to run their businesses from the edges of the widened road, so traffic congestion didn't ease, which is why the municipality had to step in to remove the encroachment on the roadside.

During the campaign, open front shops and hand carts used for selling fruits, clothes and other things were removed by the municipality from the main chowk of Chandrapur and Gaur Road.

"As people refused to leave the roadside despite frequent notices, the municipality had to use force," said ward Chairperson Amar Bahadur Ale, adding that the municipality had coordinated with the traffic police, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force for the campaign.

Over five dozen carts and shops were removed during the campaign today.

According to Area Police Office Chandrapur DSP Lilaraj Lamichhane, running such a campaign was called-for given the risk of accidents due to the roadside businesses. "Apparently, selling things from the roadside on a busy highway creates risk of accidents," said DSP Lamichhane.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 19, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.