NOIDA: Alarmed by widespread encroachment of pastures, reservoirs, ponds and graveyards owned by village councils, the district magistrate has constituted a committee to deal with the issue. The committee also includes several senior officials of the district administration, revenue department and the SSP.
The move comes after repeated complaints that people were illegally filling up water bodies and selling them. Earth-filling, encroachment and occupying land or water bodies are prohibited and could invite penal action, an official said.
The DM, Kumar Ravikant Singh has instructed district officials to create awareness amongst the people about the widespread encroachment. "We are taking steps for strict implementation for protection of not only the water bodies but also the graveyards," the official said. The DM further urged people to inform the district administration about any incident of earth-filling or encroachment. He said people should talk to the revenue circle officers in their respective areas to check encroachment.
According to officials, many water bodies in the district have either been encroached upon by land sharks or are being used for dumping garbage, bathing site of domestic animals or drying up due to poor management.
Through a letter to the district officials, the DM has said that immediate action should be taken to deal with the issue. He has also asked officials to conduct a detailed survey and draw up a complete list of such encroached areas in the district and details of any action taken against such encroachment in the past. Officials have also been instructed to take a video and photographs of the action taken against the encroachment. "This information will then be forwarded to the government within the next three months," Singh said. "Those found to be involved in land grabbing would be severely dealt with and penalised for violating norms," said Singh.
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