Massive anti-encroachment drive launched to free state land from grabbers


SRINAGAR: Srinagar Mu­nicipal Corporation in collabo­ration with Revenue Depart­ment Thursday embarked on a massive anti-encroachment campaign in Parimpora and its adjacent areas of capital city with a view to free govern­ment land from boundaries and structures built allegedly by the land mafia.

Eyewitnesses said that the drive started in Parimpora which is a part of Batamaloo Assembly constituency. Led by Sub Divisional Magistrate West Mrs Rifat, Tehsildar Shalteng Syed Altaf, SMC Enforcement Officer Central Masood-ul-Hus­sain, concerned ward officer Umar-u-Din Chohan the drive was conducted in the presence of special demolition squad and Jammu Kashmir Police.

SMC Enforcement Officer Cen­tral Masood-ul-Hussain told CNS that encroachments in the city are omnipresent and thriving, much to the discom­fort of the common citizens. Be it the roads, parks, pavements, markets or public lands taken in the name of religion, the city is known for the encroach­ments, which are blots on the face of the urban landscape.

“These are decades old en­croachments found on state land measuring 8 kanals. These encroachments includ­ing shops, tin sheds, fencing, single storey houses were identified by Revenue Depart­ment and we were directed to free this vast stretch of land from land mafia,” the officer said.

SMD West Mrs Rifat said that owing to the vast stretches of land and massive encroach­ments, the driver will take at least four to five days. “There are clear cut directions from the government to free state-land from encroachments,” she said.

Commissioner Srinagar Mu­nicipal Corporation Bashir Ahmed Khan said that it is the policy of the government to free every inch of state land from land grabbers.

Pertinently, encroachment on government and non-govern­ment land and its misuse for monetary gains is fast emerg­ing as an organized crime in Srinagar city with certain dominant persons allegedly in­volved in it. Despite claims by the authorities, larger parts in the city are still under control of several unscrupulous per­sons. (CNS)

College students face harassment from eve-teasers

‘Will look into the matter: Director

SRINAGAR: Female stu­dents studying in the wom­en campus operating from Amar Singh College Sri­nagar Thursday alleged that outsiders freely roam inside the college and at will they harass the girl students in broad day light. They al­leged that college authori­ties have miserably failed to keep a tab on the activities of miscreants inside the col­lege to ensure safety of girl students.

“Most of the people who are found roaming close to our campus are outsiders and we fail to understand how they manage their entry in­side the college. The goons pass lewd comments and it has become a routine affair for us to face humiliation right under the eyes of col­lege authorities,” a group of female students told CNS.

They said there is no au­thority inside the college that could check the identity cards of the students. “The outsiders not only manage their entry from the main gates but also enter into the college through multiple il­legal points,” the students said adding that culprits are often seen passing vulgar comments on girls and forc­ing conversation with them. 

A top police official said that it is the prime responsi­bility of college authorities especially college Principal to deal with the matter. “We can act only when we get a written complaint either from students or college au­thorities,” he said.

Director Higher Edcuation Tariq Ahmed Kawosa told CNS that he will raise the issue with the Principal. “It is a serious issue. The Prin­cipal of the campus will be asked to look into the matter and initiate action against culprits,” he said. (CNS) 



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