Anti-encroachment drive kicked off by District administration
CHITRAL: The anti-encroachment drive has been kicked off by
the district administration with the demolition of a portion of a
newly constructed hotel in Drosh town while dozens of shop keepers
voluntarily expunged the marked portion of their shops in PIA chowk
of Chitral city here on Saturday.
About two hundred shops, hotels and other privately owned buildings
have been marked by the revenue officials to have been encroached
upon the public land and notices were served on the alleged
encroachers to surrender it on their own warning them of operation
clean up on their failure.
Deputy commissioner Chitral Osama Ahmed Warraich told Chitral Times
that a large scam of land grabbing by the encroachers had been
detected after the widening of the city road in 1982 as land was
acquired by the government but it was not used for expansion
He said that the old portion of the bazaar has grown too narrow to
accommodate even the pedestrians and the public circles were crying
hoarse against the encroachment demanding its removal which
necessitated ruthless action on the part of the administration.
Mr. Warraich said that he had substantial proofs based on the
official records of the revenue department and C&W department and
its copies and marking of the encroached portions were carried out
accordingly giving the encroachers ample time to voluntarily remove
the infringed portions.
On the expiry of the deadline, operation will be carried out by the
administration to clear the city roads of the encroachments which
had made the life of the public a hell and no leniency will be
shown in this regard to any violator.
He said that the process will be expanded to the whole district and
each and every inch of state land illegally grabbed by the people
will be retrieved as per records available with the district
Assad Khan, a shop keeper in PIA chowk, busy in hammering down a
portion of his shop, said that he had no option but to free the
piece of state land which will add to the width of the road for
which he had received a notice from the DC a week ago.