Srinagar: The district administration of Shopian on Saturday said that it retrieved around 406 kanals of ‘state and kahcharie land’ across the south Kashmir district.
In tehsil Shopian, 40 shops built on ‘state land’ were also sealed today by Executive Magistrate (Tehsildar) Shopian. 90 kanals of kahcharie and 12 kanals of state land were also retrieved in Ramnagri village.
In tehsil Keegam, 15 kanals of ‘state land and 35 kanals of kahcharie’ which were ‘encroached’ by former Finance Minister of JK, were also retrieved in village Pirpora.
In Tehsil Chitragam, Tehsildar Chitragam along with NT Chitragam freed 3 Kanals of ‘encroached land’ in Village Chitragam. The land was retrieved from the brother of Ex MLC.
“Similarly, in Tehsil Barbugh, 149 kanals and 10 marlas of kahcharie land was reclaimed at Hardoo Handew, in tehsil Keller, 16 kanals of state land was retrieved in Batmuran Wanpora, in Tehsil Herman 31 kanals and 11 marlas of kahcharie and 13 kanals and 9 marlas of state land was retrieved in Nagisheran and in tehsil Zainapora, 40 kanals and 12 marlas of kahcharie land was retrieved from the land grabbers,” said an official statement.
The retrieved land shall be earmarked for various developmental projects, playgrounds, village centric amenities and various other development and public welfare purposes in consultation with PRIs and local people.
Anti-encroachment drives are underway across the district and thousands of kanals of land have been reclaimed by the revenue department in the past few days.