Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Admn, panchayat dept fail to reclaim encroached land at Jalandhar village

NO ACTION Land grabbers continue possession of several acres of land at Feroz village, on the outskirts of the city, despite deputy CM’s office recommende­d action in the first week of June

- Jatinder Kohli jatinder.kohli2@hindustant­imes.com

JALANDHAR: It has been over one-and-a-half months since the office of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal issued orders to remove encroachme­nts from the panchayat land at Feroz village on the outskirts of the city, but the administra­tion and the panchayat department have failed to take any action on the ground so far under alleged political pressure.

Reports suggest that land grabbers continue with the possession of several acres of land located on the Jalandhar - Kapurthala road, about 9km from here.

This, despite the fact that the panchayat had won the case pertaining to 12 acres of land in April last year in the court of the district developmen­t and panchayat officer-cum-collector, but no action was taken. The violators, who allegedly enjoy the patronage of the ruling party in the state, have turned it into agricultur­al fields or ponds for cattle.

Fero z villa g e sar panch Gurmej Thapar had filed a complaint with the deputy chief minister during a sangat darshan programme in the first week of June following which the complaint was referred to the panchayat department ordering it to take action in this connection within 10 days.

Panchayat department officials in Chandigarh had written to the authoritie­s concerned in Jalandhar to resolve the complaint till June 10 and ordered to send a report, but nothing concrete happened on the ground.

The village sarpanch again contacted the deputy chief minister’s office, informing that the local authoritie­s had not taken action, the panchayat department authoritie­s wrote to the district developmen­t and panchayat officer (DDPO), Jalandhar, about the latter’s failure to get the violations removed and asked him to file a report by June 29.

Not only this, another 11-acre piece of agricultur­al land belonging to the village panchayat is being encroached upon, it has been learnt.

“I am tired of visiting the offices of the deputy commission­er, district developmen­t and panchayat officer, block developmen­t and panchayat officer (BDPO) and others, but no one is serious enough to remove the encroachme­nts,” a visibly upset Thapar said.

Thapar claimed that several developmen­t works such as con- struction of toilets, playground, water tank and garbage dumping site have come to a standstill due to these encroachme­nts, with government officials turning a blind eye to the issue.

“I will now move the Punjab and Haryana high court against the administra­tion and panchayat department,” Thapar said.

When contacted, district developmen­t and panchayat officer Preet Mohinder Singh said, “I do not have any informatio­n about this case. I will be able to comment on this only after checking the details with the authoritie­s concerned.”

“I will seek a report from the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) concerned over the failure in vacating the encroached land,” deputy commission­er Kamal Kishore Yadav said.

I am tired of visiting the offices of the deputy commission­er, district developmen­t and panchayat officer and the BDPO, but no one is serious to vacate the land. I will move the high court against the administra­tion and panchayat department. GURMEJ THAPAR, sarpanch, Feroz village I will seek a report from the sub-divisional magistrate concerned over the administat­ion’s failure in vacating the encroached land in the village. KAMAL KISHORE YADAV, Jalandhar DC

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Power transforme­rs installed in the middle of a pond at Feroz village on the outskirts of Jalandhar. The village panchayat has not been able to get the land vacated even after winning the case in April last year in the court of the district developmen­t...
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