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- 8,000 hectares of EP land under illegal occupation in Jammu division The information about the EP land under illegal occupants was given at a meeting convened by Revenue Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri here to review the functioning of the EP department, he said.PTI | January 01, 2018, 15:00 IST
JAMMU: Over 8,000 hectares of Evacuee Property (EP) land is under illegal occupation in this division, prompting the government to direct officers concerned to expedite the process of retrieving the encroached land, an official spokesman said today.
The information about the EP land under illegal occupants was given at a meeting convened by Revenue Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri here to review the functioning of the EP department, he said.
He said the meeting was informed that department has a total of 14,12,006 kanal (71,427.3 hectares) land in its control in the division.
"As many as 1,64,400 kanal (8,316.2 hectares) land is illegally occupied and the department has so far retrieved around 1,399 kanal (70.7 hectares) of land," he said.
Taking note, the spokesman said, Veeri directed the officers to put in a mechanism of strong monitoring of department land and expedite the process of retrieving the encroached land.
The minister also asked to fence the land wherever required.
Stressing the need for protecting custodian land from illegal occupation and utilising the same for carrying out development activities and creating public utilities for benefit of the people, Veeri said it is the responsibility of the department to ensure check on illegal occupation of land already in the possession of the department and for that they must conduct regular field visits.
He directed them to maintain the asset register having complete details of land and properties of the department for the purpose of close monitoring and to have sense of asset base of the department.
With regard to digitisation of department land records, the spokesman said the process is underway and the work in Kashmir has almost completed while in Jammu it would be completed by February 2018.
He said the minister also asked the officers concerned to undertake mapping of EP assets by using scientific methods with a view to ensure protection, safeguard the property and to prevent any sort of avertable encroachments.
- Notices for illegal constructions to jail head, Jammu PTI | Updated: Feb 10, 2018, 13:53 IST
JAMMU: The Jammu Municipal Corporation has issued notices for illegal constructions to 97 people and entities including the Jammu Development Authority, custodian general and the Amphalla Jailsuperintendent, the state government said
In written reply to a question of Congress MLC Rani Gargi Blowria in the Legislative Council, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said that notices have been given to 97 people and entities for illegal constructions in Jammu city in the past two years.
The notices have been issued to the vice-chairman of the Jammu Development Authority over the construction of a township and shopping complex in Muthi on the outskirts of Jammu city, the superintendent of Amphalla Jail for construction within the complex, and the Custodian General of Evacuee Property for the construction of flats at Wazarat Road.
- Revive a river, save a city
MARCH 09, 2018 18:46 IST
UPDATED: MARCH 09, 2018 18:46 IST
Throwing garbage, letting sewage directly into the river and other wrong practices need to be stopped to protect water systems. S. Vishwanath takes a look at the scenario on the Jhelum
The snowflakes were coming down rapidly. It had been two months since the snow had fallen once. This time the young lads were making snowballs and throwing them at each other. River Jhelum, once also known as the Vitasta, was a sight to behold. Srinagar is a beautiful city. The Dal lake is a much visited spot by tourists, as are the Mughal gardens. Yet one of the most beautiful sights is a river running through a city.
Some years back floods in the Jhelum had brought misery to the city. Great flood drainage channels are now being placed. They resemble large canals. The stretch of the river we walked had the lovely bridges spanning across. Some made of wood as in the old days. Others modern. On the bridge walk people and they toss garbage in plastic bags into the river.
On the banks, as we walk, we notice various small sewage lines pouring their dirty content into the river directly. Construction debris lie in some place. The birds that start to make a racket in the evening as dusk falls are pigeons, crows or birds of prey. All urban denizens. A lone Chinar tree harbours a cacophony of mynahs.
We come cross a spring almost in the river bed. Fresh water is bubbling out. Close by is a temple. Even among the dirtiness people will drink straight from the spring for it is considered holy water.
A conversation with the locals reveal interesting facts. The river used to be clean as long as the boatmen were there. People used to stay in boats on the river itself and would prevent the throwing of garbage or the letting off of sewage near the boats. Once the boatmen went, the caretakers of the river had gone.
The old sanitation system were generally communal. The waste would be picked up and taken to the fields to be used as manure. Now they have been replaced by the flush toilets in individual homes. The main network being planned neglects certain portions close to the river because of slope constraint and thus they empty directly into the river.
The process of regeneration of the Jhelum will be slow and cumbersome. Solid waste collection systems will have to come to every house and flat. Properly segregated they will need to be taken for composting or recycling. The sewage lines flowing into the river will need to be connected to interceptor pipes or drains on each side of the river bank, taken to pumping wells and then pumped into the main network and thence to sewage treatment plants.
People will need to be drawn to the river bank through suitable path ways and light systems designed to ensure its use in the evening hours. Landscape will need to respond to context and small trees and shrubs which will not destabilise the slopes planted to attract more species of birds. Conservation of heritage monuments will enhance the trail and on the river bank there are several monuments which need repair and recovery.
All these will need coordination with various institutions of the government and a small team is now trying its best to do the work.
Infrastructure in a city is about marrying the hard and the soft. Sewage lines and landscape. Trees and old monuments. Walking trails and flood protection. Solid waste management and spring regeneration. Constructed wetlands and small market-based livelihoods.
A river will connect all these and in the revival of a river will lie the regeneration of a city. Truly water wisdom.