Govt To Act Tough Against Encroachers: Ganai

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Calls on people to report incidents of encroachment of public assets

SRINAGAR — Expressing his dismay over the growing trend of encroachments, the Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai today said society needs to extend its support to the Govern­ment in putting an immediate halt to the menace.

The Advisor (G) expressed these views during the weekly public durbar held here at Governor’s Grievance Cell at Church Lane, where more than 40 public delegations and indi­viduals apprised him with the problems faced by them.

Responding to a complaint submitted by the deputation from Seer, Hamdan Anantnag regarding encroachment of Khuls in their area, the Advi­sor said the administration expresses its concern and “re­gret” about the tendency of a few, who for their petty gains encroach upon such public as­sets which have been created at a greater cost for the service and welfare of the people.

Ganai said it is important that this trend is stopped imme­diately. He said for this, society needs to come forward and offer their support to Government by reporting such instances on their onset. He added people should also volunteer to remove such encroachments on public assets as the laxity by responsible citi­zens will only result in shrinking of our own natural resources.

Warning the culprits to re­move the encroachments them­selves or face the action, the Ad­visor said the authorities will come down with a heavy hand on the encroachers if they fail to abide by the law.

The Advisor Ganai directed the Deputy Commissioner An­antnag and Superintending Engineer, Irrigation Anantnag to immediately start a drive for the removal of encroachment on irrigation khuls.

The deputation also high­lighted various developmental issues including macadamiza­tion of roads, especially Seer- Brah road, and water supply.

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