Dehradun: To identify the extent of encroached and vacant land within the municipal area, a section of the corporators of Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) has demanded a fresh land survey in the city.
As per DMC documents, currently around 35% of the land under its jurisdiction is illegally encroached upon. Besides, more than 120 slums are identified illegal in Dehradun.
However, some corporators said there was little clarity on the extent of actual encroachment in the city, despite several surveys done in the past. So they are demanding a fresh survey.
DMC opposition leader Ninu Sehgal said, “We need to eliminate encroachments with an iron fist. A fresh land survey is necessary to clearly mark out the encroached, occupied and unoccupied land so that we can begin development activities on the unused land, while initiating procedures to free the encroached lands of the squatters.” Sehgal is the corporator from the ward, Dhamawala.
Senior Congress corporator from Gandhi Gram ward, Jagdish Dhiman, said suggestions should be invited from the corporators on how to effectively utilise unused DMC land for the purpose of revenue generation.
“Post the survey, corporators from each ward should be asked to submit his/her suggestion on ways to utilise unoccupied DMC area in their ward,” Dhiman said.
Meanwhile, some corporators are of the view that a fresh survey to demarcate encroachments would be pointless.
“There would be no use conducting a new survey as several similar surveys have been done in the past. It would be better if strict action is taken against identified encroachments and strong efforts are made to prevent the remaining DMC land from getting encroached on,” said Sushil Gupta, BJP corporator from Lakhibagh ward.
Several municipal areas in Kanwali, Patel Nagar, Deep Nagar, Kishenpur, Dalanwala, Majra, Dharampur, Niranjanpur, Ajabpur, Adhoiwala and along Rispana and Bindal streams are identified to be encroached upon by squatters.