Jammu, September 12 –

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today has directed the concerned officers   to work in tandem so as to break the nexus created by land grabbers and land Mafia while ensuring stringent action against them.

Deputy CM gave these directions while chairing a high level meet to discuss the modalities for early demarcation and handing over of land by revenue department to JDA here at Jammu today.

‘There is an immediate need to start anti encroachment drives for retrieval of encroached land at village Sidhra, Majeen and Rangoora  which has been occupied  illegally by private players for their vested interests’  said  Dy CM during the meeting.

He said that the issue of encroachments in these areas  has remained unattended since last twenty years causing great exploitation of our land and forest  resources .

Deputy CM called for expediting the pace of work  by all the concerned departments for positive results so that  various developmental  works being executed by    JDA are   not hampered.

Dr. Singh  also  directed   for swift  resolving of  all those cases where land encroachment has become a major bottleneck due to long drawn issue of land transfer  from revenue  to JDA.

Reviewing the case of land encroachment at Gole Gujral, Roop Nagar Extn. and Sidhra ,the Dr. Nirmal Singh  directed for formulation of a strategy to ensure  rapid disposal of cases.

Deputy Chief Minister also directed for constituting appraisal committee which will prepare a comprehensive report regarding vacant and encroached JDA land.