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DM orders removal of encroachments

DISTRICT MAGISTRATE Hariom issued orders to remove encroachments from Sumer Sagar, spread over around two acre land in the heart of the city. The order was aimed at reining in land mafia and builders who had levelled ponds to develop commercial complexes and residential flats in different parts of the city.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 00:50 IST

DISTRICT MAGISTRATE Hariom issued orders to remove encroachments from Sumer Sagar, spread over around two acre land in the heart of the city.
The order was aimed at reining in land mafia and builders who had levelled ponds to develop commercial complexes and residential flats in different parts of the city.

The district magistrate had constituted a three-member inquiry committee to look into complaints of residents that levelling of ponds had increased drainage problems in around two dozen localities.

The committee headed by the ADM, City, and the SP, City, submitted a report to the Gorakhpur Development Authority secretary.

In light of the report submitted by the inquiry committee, the district magistrate ordered removal of encroachments. Sources said the order would be implemented soon.

The district magistrate directed subordinate officials to look into the legal position of the lake and confirm whether any case was pending in court.
Levelling of ponds by the land mafia was first reported in 1995. Similarly, Jatashanker pond was also levelled by builders who enjoyed the patronage of prominent leaders.

The district magistrate said all ponds and conventional sources of water would be protected and encroachments would be removed from them. He said the district administration was going through land records.

In the second phase, it would launch a drive to remove encroachments.
Sources said 170 ponds and wells were missing from the records and the district administration had identified 386 ponds and lakes, which had been encroached upon by the land mafia.  The sources claimed district officials had sent a report to the State Government on April 7 regarding ponds and wells.

According to the report, the land mafia had taken illegal possession of 83.131 hectare land.