15000 kanal land retrieved in Jammu by JDA: DyCM

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 2: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh today claimed that  more than 15000 kanals of  land has been retrieved from the encroachers despite tough resistance and JDA is putting every effort to check the encroachments by launching anti-encroachment drives on regular basis in and around Jammu city.
Responding to the Calling Attention Notice of  BJP member Vikram Randhawa in the Upper House today on the situation arisen due to the encroachment on Government land adjoining Tawi river aftermath 2014 floods, Dr Singh said that the demarcation of land along river Tawi has not been accomplished while as, some exercise has been done and list of unauthorized occupants along with the details of the land is being compiled.
He further said that in order to expedite the process of demarcation and identification, the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) has provided 500 boundary pillars to the Revenue and Irrigation & Flood Control Departments for fixing boundaries. JDA has to formally receive Revenue records of  all adjoining land along the river bank, he added.
The DyCM further said that in this regard, J&K High Court has appointed two Commissioners to monitor the progress of Revenue, Irrigation & Flood Control Departments for checking unauthorized constructions and extraction of  minor mineral material from the river bed.
Dr Singh also said that High Court is also monitoring the development/status on this front through these Commissioners. “Recently the court has directed the concerned authorities i.e. Divisional Commissioner Jammu, IGP Jammu, DC Jammu and VC JDA to file the status report regarding the identification and demarcation of JDA land. The Divisional Commissioner Jammu has also been nominated as Nodal Officer for the same,” he stated.
While adding, he said that the process of mapping and demarcation is being carried out jointly with the Revenue Department.
Replying to the Calling attention Notice of PDP member Zaffar Iqbal Manhas the Deputy Chief Minister said that regular drives are being conducted on daily basis for removal of encroachments in Srinagar city as well.
Referring to the manipulative erection of unauthorized business establishments across National Highway and adjoining roads near Grid Station Sanat Nagar and dumping of garbage giving way to assembly of dogs, Dr  Singh said it is a fact that the number of restaurants, bakery shops, tea stalls, timber depots etcetera across NHW and adjoining Circular Road near Grid Station at Sanat Nagar Bye Pass have come up during the last three to four decades. In this regard, a survey is being conducted for taking further remedial measures.
“As and when any encroachment is reported or noticed action is taken swiftly and massive drives are being conducted on daily basis for removal of encroachments from footpaths and roadsides in Srinagar city by anti-encroachment squad,” he said.
Regarding open garbage shed near Grid Station Rawalpora, Dr Singh said that the same has been replaced by installation of  big dumper.
The  DyCM further said that the garbage of  the area is being collected in early morning and shifted in the big dumper for onward transportation to landfill site for further treatment under Solid Waste Management rules.