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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 1:42 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 1:42 AM (IST)

Raze encroachments on pond land: Villagers to officials

Our Correspondent

Abohar, March 20

Villagers have raised their voice against the encroachments on panchayat land meant for ponds that had played havoc with the waste water disposal system.

Kandhwala Amarkot village sarpanch Amarjit Kaur and some other members on Monday requested BDPO Kusum Aggarwal for demarcation of encroachments and action against the encroachers.

The BDPO had gone to the village to clear a hurdle created by certain villagers in linking disposal pipes with Sayeedwala drain. The panchayat said only one out of four ponds was free from encroachments and the same needs to be cleaned immediately to prevent overflowing.

The administration had on March 7 - 8 demolished dozens of houses and shops which had allegedly been constructed by encroaching upon such land in Khuyiansarwer.

A visit by TNS found that 170 families had raised illegal structures over the dry ponds resulting in flooding of adjoining areas during monsoons. The area earmarked for ponds was 68 kanal as per panchayat record but hardly 10 per cent of the same was free from encroachments. A similar problem plagued most of the villages in the sub -division.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had in February 2014 directed the state government to submit a report against encroachers of government/ panchayat land as ordered by Supreme Court in 2011.

The SC had directed all states and UT’s to evict illegal/unauthorised occupants of gram sabha/gram panchayat/ shamlat land and restore land to the panchayats for the common use of villagers.

Information reveals that 125 acres of pond land in Abohar sub- division was encroached mostly by political activists during the past decade.

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