THE MUNICIPAL Corporation officials have come across a large number of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants during a tree plantation drive on the banks of the Gomti and the irrigation canals.
Besides Bangladeshis, there are many other encroachers who have illegally occupied the irrigation department land.
Taking a serious note, municipal commissioner Ram Bodh Maurya has ordered a probe into the house tax assessment of small houses and hutments built on the land of irrigation department.
Talking to HT, he said, “Some of the hutments belong to the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh who managed to get their land assessed by the LMC officials.
They have also been able to get power and water connections for their hutments and pucca houses.”
“I am trying to probe how such encroachers have managed to get their houses assessed by the LMC officials. Encroachment cannot be legalised by paying house tax,” Maurya said.
“I have ordered a probe into the matter and those who will be found guilty of assessing the house tax of such encroachers will be taken to task,” he said.
He said, “The encroachments in the city could only be removed if the politicians and the police become honest. We can only remove encroachments but we can’t stop it.”
The municipal chief said that the probe would start from Sikandar Nagar area where people built pucca houses and took power and water connections with the help of local politicians and managed to get their house tax assessed, he said.
Meanwhile, the LMC has chalked out a plan to remove the encroachments from such areas, with the help of other departments.
“We have sought help from the police and those departments on whose land has been encroached. Most illegal immigrants have chosen to live near canals, the river banks and thick forests, if the encroachments are immediately reported to us we will be able to remove them immediately,” said Maurya.