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News Article: Govt notice to 80 encroachers

Saturday, 10 December 2011 00:03
Staff Reporter | New Delhi

Delhi Government's Public Grievances Commission (PGC) has issued notices to over 80 properties that include residential and commercial properties of Mahipalpur in South Delhi to remove illegal constructions on a pond. The illegal constructions are reported to have been located at a water body on a DDA land.

The order came on a complaint of a local resident of Mahipalpur, who had approached the PGC to restoration of water body in the area. “Also, the entire work of periodic reporting on the work of restoration of water bodies has been entrusted to the chief secretary, hence it is essential to bring this matter to the notice of chief secretary, Delhi for restoration of the water body,” PGC chairman Ramesh Narayanaswami said in the order. The order further directed DCP (south) and DCP (south-west) to cooperate and assist Revenue Department to remove illegal structures here.

An official of Delhi Government said that notices have been issued to all 80 encroachers of the pond area. The notices were issued after door-to-door survey by the Revenue Department and Delhi police to this effect. Meanwhile, residents say that they are here for the past several years and there was no pond in the area as claimed by Government authorities.

Deputy Commissioner (south-west) DP Dwivedi and SDM Vasant Vihar, Rajpal Singh in its status report had said, the pond at Mahipalpur is spread over 27.03 bigha land but it has substantial encroachment in the form of shops, residential houses and kabadiwalas. The report states that DDA had requested for handing over the vacant physical possession of pond that was encroached by land mafia and locals of Mahipalpur village for development of the water body. The village Mahipalpur was urbanised in 1982 and the said land belongs to DDA. “No notices are required to be issued to the encroachers in reference to a recent order of Supreme Court which had directed that encroachment from gram sabha land should be removed,” the report said.

Special task force (STF) was constituted earlier to check encroachment on water body but nothing has happened. According to a survey, there are 900 water bodies in the Capital.

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