Lucknow land sharks swallow over 756 ponds
Land sharks are encroaching upon ponds to build houses and cash in on the realty boom in Lucknow city outskirts. During a recent drive to free water-bodies of squatters, district administration found encroachers had levelled ponds and begun construction. Apartments and rows of houses were erected on at least three concretized water bodies. The drive was launched after the revenue department submitted a report, stating there are around 1,400 ponds in the district, of which 756 have been levelled and encroached by land mafia. Most of these ponds are in Bakshi Ka Talab, Sarojninagar, Mohanlalganj, Malihabad and Sadar Tehsil —areas witnessing a real-estate boom with expansion of the city.