LAWDA Launches Demolition Drive

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SRINAGAR — The  Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) Saturday launched a demolition drive and razed down several structures which were raised illegally by the people.

The drive to remove encroachments was launched by the Enforcement Wing of the LAWDA  in the areas of Choudhary Bagh, Latti Mohalla, Rangparestan, Brein and other adjacent areas of Dal Lake.

During the drive illegally dumped material was also removed and seized on spot in the area of Kani Kach. The nearby nallah was also restored to its pristine glory by dredging it out.

The anti-encroachment drive was headed by Enforcement Officer, Tariq Ahmad Wani and was assisted in the drive by the police team of Rainawari Police Station.

A senior official of the LAWDA said that in the area of Khareshi Mohalla Saderbal a plinth and third storey  structure was demolished. During the drive there was a stiff resistance from the protesters at site but the available police team pacified the demonstration following which the anti-encroachment drive was carried out smoothly.

The LAWDA officials have informed that the “ public residing within the LDA jurisdiction are hereby directed that not to go for any sort of illegal constructions and encroachments.”  They warned that the Enforcement wing will carry out the “demolition of illegal constructions.”

The LAWDA authorities have further said that a Tipper and Load Carrier owners shouldn’t  carry any construction material in the prohibited area of Dal as well as Nigeen Lake without prior permission.

The officials said that they intend to carry out series of demolition drives in the coming days. Enforcement Officers of LAWDA have asked people to demolish illegal structures on their own to save the Dal Lake “for posterity.”

According to enforcement officers of LAWDA the demolition drive will continue to remove the “illegal structures in non – permissible areas in the catchment area of Dal Lake.”

They  said legal action was also initiated against the owners of houses and other structures which have come up in violation of the Master Plan will be initiated.

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