JAMMU Authorities have retrieved 130.5 hectares from illegal occupation in Jammu and Rajouri districts, days after Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra expressed concern over the encroachment of over 90,000 hectares of state land and directed for effective measures to deal with the problem, an official spokesman said today.
While 1590 kanals (79.5 hectares) was retrieved in Akhnoor sub-division of Jammu district, another major chunk of 1020 kanals (51 hectares) of encroached land of Animal Husbandry department was recovered in Rajouri district over the past two days, the spokesman said.
Last week, Vohra directed all district collectors to immediately carry out a comprehensive mapping of all encroachments relating to state, forest and panchayat lands, water bodies, highways and public roads in their respective jurisdictions and forward the same through the divisional commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu by July 31.
He had also directed the district collectors to make full use of available technologies, such as geo-tagging and satellite mapping, to prepare a fully verified database by the given date, while expressing concern over the encroachment of over 18 lakh kanals of government land in the state.
The spokesman said Rajouri district administration retrieved the encroached land, which was once used for fodder cultivation by the department, at Wand Mora Lam area of tehsil QilaDarhal yesterday.
A team of over a dozen magistrates, 300 police personnel and officials of animal husbandry department carried out the anti-encroachment drive which remained by and large peaceful with no untoward incident barring a few minor scuffles, he said.
A day earlier, the spokesman said an anti-encroachment drive was conducted in Sub-Division Akhnoor in Jammu district during which 1590 kanal of encroached state, Kacharai and common land was retrieved at Amabaran, Sungal, Gurha Jagir and Palwan villages.
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