The all Jammu hotels and lodges' association (AJHLA) has expressed concern over the inordinate delay in completion of artificial lake project on Tawi River.
The project was to be commissioned by mid 2012, but the same has missed several deadlines, the association rued.
At a meeting of the association held here on Friday under the chairmanship of its president Indeerjeet Khajuria, members flayed the apathetic attitude of the authorities concerned over large-scale encroachments taking place on the Tawi banks, as a result of which the lake project was being delayed further.
While it welcomed the action taken by JMC in demolishing tents etc put up on the riverbank, AJHLA assailed irrigation and flood control department for their apathy towards large-scale encroachments taking place on the banks.
The association contended that there is an unholy nexus between the land mafia and the authorities in the revenue department and indifference of irrigation and flood control department, as a result of which encroachments were taking place along the banks.
AJHLA further denounced the latest government move to give compensation to encroachers on government lands, to get these vacated for undertaking development projects.
This policy of the government would encourage the mafia that indulges in encroachment on government lands.
It also flayed some politicians, who have been providing shelter to the land mafia and the encroachers. The delay on the part of authorities to get encroachments removed well in time, results in encroachers constructing concrete structures on the encroached lands and latter getting stay from the courts against demolition of raised structure and getting the encroachments vacated, the association added.