MANY DEPARTMENTS still find it hard to save government land from encroachments despite Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s instructions to agencies concerned to show no leniency in this regard.
Encroachment on the government land adjoining Kilol Park is a case in point. Though the District Malaria Officer had written to the district administration about the alleged encroachment on the government land six months ago, the administration and Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) had not taken any action so far.
At least two dozen concrete buildings – some are three-storyed — came up on the better part of the prime government land adjoining the District Malaria Office.
Four government offices — Health and Family Welfare Department, Social Welfare Board, District Malaria Department and Anti Larva Cell — are being run on this premises.
“We tried to construct a boundary wall on many occasions, but encroachers demolished it. Now, several houses came up on the government land,” said District Malaria Officer Dr Padmakar Tripathi.
When asked, Mayor Sunil Sood said some people made complaint in this regard. The Mayor said he had earlier told the officials to take action against the structures but there was a dispute over the title of land. Some even got land allotted. Sood, however, said he would further look into the matter.
District Collector S K Mishra said he was not aware of the encroachment on this land. Mishra, however, said the district administration would demarcate the land in this locality to find out the exact position.