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     December 27,  2015



Anti-encroachment drive kicked off by District administration

By Zahiruddin

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 purposes.

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 administration.

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.



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