SRINAGAR, FEBUARY 04:- The District Administration Srinagar on Saturday undertook massive anti-encroachment operations across the District to retrieve Government Land from the illegal occupants and reclaimed about 409 kanals of prime State/ Kahcharie land worth over Rs 240.58 crore from the influential land grabbers. The Anti-encroachment operation was launched in all 7 Tehsils of the District including, Eidgah, North Srinagar, Panthachowk, Khanyar, South Srinagar, Central Shalteng and Chanapora Tehsil. The special anti-encroachment Squads constituted by District Administration Srinagar headed by respective Tehsildars conducted mass scale anti-encroachment drives while taking assistance of Police and other Departments. A team of Revenue and Police Officers/Officials headed by Tehsildar North, Kaiser Mehmood launched a massive anti-encroachment drive in Dara and Danihama villages and retrieved 12 kanals of State/Kacharie land worth Rs 3.60 crores from the land grabbers. While in Ahal village of the Tehsil the anti-encroachment team also retrieved 35 kanals of land including a hotel worth Rs 35 crores. Similarly, in a major anti-encroachment drive launched at Balhama village under the supervision of Tehsildar Pantha Chowk, Rakib Ahmad as many as 77 kanals of Kacharie land was retrieved under survey no 1522, 1442 & 1443 having value of over 33 crores. Likewise, Kreshibal and Anchar villages in Eidgah Tehsil, Revenue Team headed by Tehsildar, Ishfaq Ahamd Khan retrieved 101 kanals and 17 marlas of State land worth Rs 40.74 crore from the illegal occupants. In South Tehsil of the District, a team headed by Tehsildar, Moean Azhar conducted a massive anti-encroachment drive in KP Bagh and retrieved 40 kanals and 17 marlas of Kacharie land worth Rs 51 crores from the encroachers. Similarly, in Khushipora and Rampura villages of Central Shalteng Tehsil 21 kanals of Kahcharie land worth Rs 16 crore has been evicted from the land grabbers including a commercial complex. In Chanapora Tehsil over 87 kanals and 11 marlas of Kahcharie land was also evicted from land grabbers in Laloo Sheshgari Bagh and Nowgam area having value of Rs 42.5 crore under the supervision of Tehsildar Chanpora, Saqib Saleem. In Khanyar Tehsil 34 kanals of State land was also retrieved in Nishat and Brane villages worth Rs 14.64 crore under survey no. 43, 3557, 2919 and 3157 under the supervision of Tehsildar Khanyar Aailya Tabasum With regard to ongoing anti-encroachment drives undertaken in Srinagar District, the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar applauded the efforts of the Anti-encroachment squads, the Deputy Commissioner asked them to continue the anti-encroachment drives in their respective jurisdictions as per standing instructions with added zeal and dedication so that all State/Kahcharie land is retrieved. Pertinent to mention that the Jammu and Kashmir Administration on Thursday said the encroached State land is being retrieved from the big vested interests only with the purpose of reverting it back for public use. The LG Administration has clearly said that common masses and poor people wouldn’t be touched during the ongoing anti-encroachment drive launched to retrieve state land from encroachers. It has been also said in the statement that the government is concerned to safeguard the interests of poor people and only those who have illegally occupied the Government land by using their positions will be dealt with strictly. The government has reiterated that retrieved land will be used exclusively for projects and programmes of public importance.
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