Chandigarh:The Chandigarh Administration is gearing up to remove encroachments in the city’s villages. Taking a serious note of rampant encroachments over villages’ agricultural land, the administration has decided to initiate action against encroachment. It is also stated that the Administration had framed draft Buildings Byelaws but never implemented.
Under prevailing rules, no construction can be done on agriculture land. Illegal construction on agriculture land has been making news since long but the authority slept over the matter for two decades. An official of the estate office now shifted to other department said that the administration has received complaints of illegal sale-purchase of agriculture land in city’s villages and without sale-purchase of agriculture land, NOC cannot be issued. It has started survey of construction on villages’ agriculture land and contemplated removal of such encroachments.
It is also revealed that more than 3000 houses have been constructed outside ‘Lal Dora.’ These all houses are constructed on agriculture land with covered area between 5 marlas and 10 marlas. Maximum houses have been constructed in Daria, Dadumajra, Dhanas, Khuda Lahora, Khuda Alisher, Kishangarh, Hallomajra and Maloya villages.
According to estate office records, a total of 254 acres of land in city’s villages has unauthorised construction beyond ‘Lal Dora.’ Besides, marble market came up on agriculture land of Dhanas village. “Non-implementation of building byelaws has led to encroach upon panchayat, shamlat or government land,” said sarpanch of Butrela.
It is also revealed that Phase-I of the city was developed on a clean state. So not only agriculture land but also the area falling under ‘Abadi Deh’ was acquired. However, in Phase-II, ‘abadi deh’ of four villages-Burail, Attawa, Buterla and Badheri was excluded from acquisition of land. Later on, Kajheri and Palsora ‘abadi deh’ was also excluded from acquisition.
As per official records, a total area of 6334 acres of villages land is in the jurisdiction of the Chandigarh Administration. It is also stated that in some cases farmers have taken fist instalment of claim but still land is under their control. Through this action Administration wanted to stop further sale-purchase of IT Park land in Phase-III. With making NOC mandatory for this land, the Administration can have full control over272 acres of IT Park land.