HC allots 33-kanal for temporary adjustment of Gujjars

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: May 13, 2014 23:11 IST

The High Court has directed the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) to earmark 33-kanal of its land for temporary adjustment of Gujjars, who are residing at Gole Gujaral area, where the department is carrying out anti-encroachment drive.

The court also directed the JDA to submit details of the 66,436 kanal allotted to the authority and an action plan for the removal of encroachment, if any from this land.

The land to Gujjars would be allotted out of khasra number 746 comprising 2,235- kanal, from which 333 kanal was allotted to the JDA.

Division bench of justice Mohammad Yakoob Mir and Dheeraj Singh Thakur issued this order during hearing of civil miscellaneous application (CMA) moved by SK Bhalla through advocate Sheikh Shakeel.

The court had on Monday directed the JDA to go slow on its anti-encroachment at Gole Gujral after nomads moved an application against it in the court. The JDA has been carrying out anti-encroachment drive on the earlier directions of the High Court.

The court issued these directions after Adarash Sharma, counsel for the JDA, produced a copy of communications in which it was stated that Jammu deputy commissioner and DIG have worked out some plan for the rehabilitation.

The order said 169 kanal land was under occupation of locals, and nomad Gujjars. The JDA was directed to remove encroachment. It said the JDA in its report submitted in the court on Tuesday had indicated that 250-kanal has been retrieved and the anti-encroachment drive is in process.

The court said 71 families, putting up land allotted to JDA, should be allotted land till the plan for their rehabilitation is finalized.

The HC in its order also said it has been highlighted in the same CMA, that 66,436 kanal land has been transferred to the JDA only on papers. It directed the JDA counsel to file response and submit the action, if already prepared, and if not prepared they shall prepare the same, as to how much land is located in which area and what measures have been taken and also what policy has been adopted for ensuring complete removal of the encroachment.

It said advocate Shakeel has also highlighted the JDA has requested the revenue authorities for extending cooperation so as to demarcate the said land, but so far it is wanting. HA Sideeque, additional advocate general, appearing for revenue department, said they be given some time to file reply, which will be filed in the next date of hearing. The court fixed the next hearing date on May 28.

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