Jammu, Jan 11: State government today said that it would formulate a comprehensive policy to retrieve the encroached state and Kahcharai land.
Replying to a question by Surinder Mohan Ambardar in the Legislative Council today, Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Syed Basharat Bukhari said 67,544 kanals of Kahcharai land in various districts are under unauthorized occupation.
Though the eviction of unauthorised land is a continuous process but due to prevailing situation in the state, especially in Kashmir Valley, the work for retrieving of encroached land was halted to some extent, he said.
The minister asserted that formulation of a comprehensive policy for eviction of the encroached land is necessary and very soon this policy would be framed, under which strict action would be taken against the encroachers.
Bhukhari said that utmost priority of the State government is to retrieve all encroached land, whether the State or the Kahcharai land, and that on being retrieved it would be utilised for developing public infrastructure besides other welfare activities.
He said the list of individual occupants of the land being voluminous is being compiled and can be provided to the members separately.
The field officials of the department are under explicit instructions to take effective steps for eviction of unauthorized occupation upon Kahcharai land, he added.
Bhukhari said the government has taken necessary measures to retrieve the state/common land from the encroachers and illegal occupants by impressing upon all subordinate field functionaries in accordance with various laws in force.
Jammu, Jan 11: Government today said that 243 hectares of forest land have been encroached in Jammu city where seven cases have been registered and 52 cases are lodged in the courts.
The total recorded encroachment on the forest land in Jammu city and outskirts of Jammu district is 243 hectares out of which 99 hectares have been removed so far, Forest Minister Choudhary Lal Singh said in reply to the question of BJP MLA Rajesh Gupta in Assembly today.
In addition to above encroachments, unrecorded and fresh attempts of encroachments to the tune of 205 hectares have been evicted during the last two years in Jammu city and outskirts.
In this regard, seven cases have been registered, he said, adding that three persons have been injured while removing encroachments apart from four vehicles damaged during the drive.
As many as 52 court cases have been lodged and four cases have been decided in favour of the forest department by the court, he said.