More than 80 families, displaced after their unauthorised houses in Kanavni and Sorkha villages were demolished over the past few
months, have been rehabilitated by the district administration.
The rehabilitation work was carried out by sub divisional magistrate of Dadri, Rajesh Kumar Yadav, on the directions of the district magistrate NP Singh.
“In the past we used to demolish unauthorised colonies and not rehabilitate the affected families. Our aim was to free the government land and demolish the unauthorised constructions,” Rajesh Kumar Yadav said on Friday.
“The DM had directed us to identify the land mafia that sold the land to innocent poor buyers who then constructed houses and invested their lifetime savings. The DM has also issued directions to identify the land owned by the mafia and rehabilitate the affected families on those pieces of land,” said Yadav.
“We demolished the unauthorised colonies at Kanavni and Sorkha over the past few months. An FIR has been lodged against the land mafia. At Kanavni, around 22 families have been rehabilitated and around 60 families were rehabilitated in Sorkha. Land has been earmarked for them on which they will construct rooms,” Yadav added.
“Only the poor buyers who were cheated by the land mafia will be rehabilitated” Yadav added.
Land mafia develops unauthorised colonies by taking advantage of loopholes in the Stamp Act.
As per the Stamp Registration Act, a sub-registrar cannot refuse to register a property and the onus of verification of the authenticity of the sellers lies with the buyers. In case the buyers get duped, they can lodge a civil suit against the seller at the district courts.