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Rs 100 Cr assets retrieved in Chatterhama
Kashmir's 'influential' under scanner for land grab
8/6/2018 12:30:01 AM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Aug 5: Even as the district administration has retrieved over 400 kanals of prime land in Chatterhama area on the Srinagar outskirts on August 4, the alleged land grabbers include some "influential people"
of Kashmir including politicians and businessmen. The land costing around Rs 100 crore in open markets that has been retrieved will be used for public benefit.
Sources in Raj Bhawan said the group of like-minded politicians and businessmen were behind the land grab. It was reliably learnt that the influential had managed to get government land mutated as their
personal property.
Sources said each of the land grabbers who was allegedly close to the corridors of power during the previous regimes had managed to take over at least 50 kanals each.
The prime land which falls on the foothills of picturesque mountains was being converted into satellite colonies comprising of villas and farm houses. Sources said during the previous government the land grabbers had managed to get most of the land fenced. "The fencing was made to look as if it was supposed to be government property but in reality these land grabbers had taken over land," admitted a Forest officer posted in the area.
Sources said Governor NN Vohra, on whose instruction the first ever drive to retrieve government land under encroachment has been initiated, is keen to get the entire chunk of land identified. Sources said Vohra has conveyed to the administration that no indiscipline would be tolerated and that all encroached land be retrieved.
Official documents reveal that as many as 450 kanals of state and Kahcharai land was retrieved from encroachments in Chaterhama under the supervision of SDM East Srinagar Reyaz Ahmad Beigh. 15 rolls of iron mesh was also seized by the team during the drive. The anti-encroachment team was assisted by forest and police officials. Besides, Tehsildar North, NT Harwan and other revenue
officials were accompanying SDM east.
Meanwhile the government has sought public cooperation. "The District Administration Srinagar has requested the General Public to cooperate with the administration with regard to the anti encroachment drive launched. Should any one feel the need to get in touch with the district administration about reporting of encroachment on State/ Kahcharai /Common Land he/she should immediately contact on phone number/watsapp on 7051112345 or email on srinagar@nic.in," said a handout.
Sources said the drive would intensify in the coming days.
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