SRINAGAR, Jan 30: The district administration Anantnag today took over an illegal commercial structure belonging to a former MLA of National Conference and initiated action against another former legislator and his close relatives for encroachment of Government land and illegally collecting its rent from the Army.
The administration today took over an illegal commercial structure belonging to former MLA Homeshalibugh and NC leader, Abdul Majeed Larmi at LG Pora in Anantnag district.
The structure had been erected by encroaching Shamilat land close to the National Highway. The property is situated on a prime piece of land and its worth is over Rs 50 lakhs.
A Revenue official said that there has been a full onslaught on encroachers in Anantnag who have occupied prime pieces of State and Shamilat land for their own benefits. “Influential encroachers who have abused their official positions to amass ill-gotten gains are the priority for removal of encroachments. He said that the vacated buildings and lands can be put to public use,” he added.
He said that while encroachments on the road side including fencings have been demolished, the main building has been taken over by the Revenue department.
In the meantime, the Administration has initiated action against senior NC leader and former legislator from Pahalgam constituency Altaf Kaloo and his close relatives for encroachment of Shamilat land and collection of its rent from Army.
A Revenue official said that a patch of Shamilat land in excess of 100 kanals at Aishmuqam has been delineated as proprietary land by tampering with Revenue records. “The former legislator has been receiving rent on this piece of land while factually the said land is Shamilat and belongs to the community,” the official said.
He said that the land has been rented out to the armed forces against a payment of rent. He said that the matter is currently under investigation and the quantum of rent received fraudulently from the armed forces is being assessed and shall be recovered.
While the tampered revenue records have already been expunged by way of legal procedures, the rent shall be recovered after assessment of the amount in coordination with armed forces.
Meanwhile, acting tough against land grabbers, the district Administration Bandipora has retrieved around 33000 Kanals of encroached land comprising around 16000 Kanals of State land and 17000 Kanals of Kahcharie land through intensified anti-encroachment drives.
The drives have also evicted around 500 Kanals of high value land from various influential persons of the district especially in Tehsil Bandipora and Sumbal.
The anti-encroachment drives are being continued despite inclement weather conditions and around 500 Kanals of State/Kahcharie land has been retrieved in various Tehsils of the district including 42 Kanals of prime land worth 20 crores in Tehsil Sumbal.
The retrieved land is also being earmarked for various public purposes including developmental projects, playgrounds, village centric amenities, industries, etc. by the Revenue officials in consultation with concerned villagers/PRIs, and sign boards are also erected immediately after the eviction drives.
It was given out that out of total 20887 of Kahcharai land 17128 Kanals of land has been retrieved amounting to 82% of Kahcharai land in the district and the concerned Tehsildars have already issued notices to the encroachers and the efforts for removal of encroachments on the rest of the land are underway in full-swing.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Bandipora, Dr. Owais Ahmad said that illegal occupation of Government and public land puts stress on land resources and urged the encroachers to voluntarily remove illegal occupancies or face action. He said anti encroachment drives are underway across the district and urged the public to cooperate in anti-encroachment drives carried out by administration.
He said that the district has created a land bank of around 25000 Kanals out of which around 1550 Kanals have been earmarked for Industrial Estates, 2000 Kanals for Industrial Use (Out of which around 1377 Kanals stand already transferred), around 100 Kanals for Handloom/ Handicraft and other agri-based activities and around 200 Kanals for setting up of Housing Colony in Watpora Bandipora.
500 Kanals of prime land in Sumbal having industrial utility lying adjacent to highway was retrieved last week and anti-encroachment drives are taken to preserve Government land from illegal possession of land mafia.
Dr Owais also appreciated the efforts of concerned Tehsildars and other field officials of Revenue Department in anti-encroachment drives and asked them to speed up the drives with added efforts and dedication.
He said the retrieved land has been earmarked for Developmental projects, industries, agriculture, horticulture and allied activities.