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KATHUA:  In continuation with its endeavor to remove encroachments from State land and water courses, Deputy Commissioner, Rohit Khajuria launched anti encroachment drive to evict approximately 100 Kanals land from illegal possession of Sanjeev Gupta, a resident of village Bann of Tehsil Marheen, District Kathua who constructed 24 vertical pillars on 3 Kanals of encroached land which were demolished during this drive.

Stressing on the need to enforce the ban on sale, purchase and transfer of the lands mentioned in the revenue records as “Gair Mumkin Khads”, DC said that appropriate action will be taken against encroachers to impose complete ban on encroachment of water bodies, water courses and State land.

Declaring all the water bodies, wetlands and water courses as property of the Government of J&K in terms of Section 3 of the Jammu and Kashmir Water Resources (Regulation and Management) Act, 2010, DC said that these Government properties can`t be encroached upon and strict vigil must be maintained by the revenue officers in their respective jurisdiction to maintain the sanctity of the law.

 

The anti-encroachment drive was launched under the supervision of SDM Hiranagar, Suresh Kumar Sharma, Tehsildar Marheen, Jitendar Singh and SDPO Border besides an FIR was also lodged in this connection.

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GANDERBAL: Despite heavy Snowfal the Enforcement wing of the Sonamarg Development Authority (SDA) conducted a demolition drive in Sonamarg and removed some illegal hotel works/rooftop from the tourist resort of Central Kashmir Ganderbal. A demolition team comprising of SDA officials led by its field squad on the directions of Chief Executive Officer Shabir Ahmad Raina (KAS) appeared in Sonamarg area and in pursuance of Hon’ble high Court orders, SDA department raised the unauthorized Hotel work/rooftop to ground which they violating the rules of BOCA despite closing Srinagar Leh Highway and in Several feets of Snow in area, reports said.

“The team was led by SDA field squad along with Sonamarg police personnel who were supervised the entire operatio and decided to lodge FIR against him.” the reports said. SDA officer told that the authority won’t tolerate any violation of the area. “We will take stern action against the violators who are constructing their structures illegally in Sonamarg or around the area. He added that, “We have issued notices to many such violators and action would be taken against them which would involve violating Court orders,” SDA official said that the authority is also launching a forceful campaign to retrieve the land occupied at various places in and around the Sonamarg bowl.

As per the SDA Department we constituted a special squad who would monitor such activities on day-to-day basis. The squad has been authorized to initiate action against such violators which are coming up illegally, they said. The SDA has asked them not to violate the government rules and there is no any permission to build illegal work or any other structures in Sonamarg area. Sonamarg Development Authority send a strong signal to all in area that nobody should be allowed to go for any construction work, if violating again they will face massive demolition drive, we cannot be allow the construction work in Sonamarg area, “they (SDA) said.

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RAFIABAD: In its drive against the green felling, Police and Forest Protection Force under the command of Range Officer Rafiabad seized stock of timber comprising deodar and kail in Dalri Watargam area of North Kashmir. The smugglers however managed to escape from the spot, though a tractor was seized on the spot, said a police official. He added that an FIR vide number 81/2017 under Forest Act has been registered and efforts are on to nab the timber smugglers.