The Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Friday cracked whip on encroached ‘gifted land’ and demolished several illegal constructions to take possession of it within 24 hours of the Jharkhand High Court order.
The high court on Thursday had directed the Ranchi district administration to take way all encroached ‘gifted land’ from owners for expansion of city roads by May 10.
‘Gifted land’ is a portion of land which the owner donates to the government. As per the mandatory provision, every landholder has to donate a small portion of the front side of his/her land to the municipal authority for road widening or construction of drains.
The land holder has to execute a ‘deed of gift’ at the time of map sanction, promising therein that he will leave a particular portion, which varies depending on the locality of his/her land vacant.
Acting promptly on the order, the civic body officials started a massive drive in the city from early morning on Friday, which continued till late afternoon.
The action began from the Siramtoli Chowk where a commercial unit- KFC- had allegedly encroached the ‘gifted land’ by constructing concrete boundary wall.
“As per the master plan, the road width should be 120 ft near the Siramtoli Chowk. However, around 20 ft of the total road width had been encroached by the KFC. We cleared the encroachment by demolishing the concrete boundary wall,” said RMC town planner Uday Sahay, who is leading the drive.
As per the municipal rules, the gifted land that has been donated by the owner cannot be used for any other purposes. But, it has been noticed that many owners have encroached upon the gifted land in due course, RMC officials said. Encroachment of gifted land has narrowed roads at many places often causing massive traffic jam.
The traffic scenario of the city has also angered Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das, who, at an event on Friday, directed the administration officials to lodge cases against those who create road jam.
The RMC officials also conducted anti-encroachment drive at Mahatma Gandhi Road, also known as Main Road. Sahay said they have removed fencing of Planet Fashion, Louis Philippe and Peter England outlets from the gifted lands on Kadru Road.
“We will continue with the drive and take possession of the gifted land across the city. The city’s new master plan is being studied to identify width of prominent as well as non-prominent roads,” Sahay said, adding, we will clear the major roads first and action would be taken then to free encroached land of smaller roads.