Ludhiana Forest Division reclaims over 70-acre encroached land in Machhiwara block

Divisional Forest Officer warns land grabbers to vacate illegally occupied forest land immediately to avoid action

The Hush Post, Samrala/Ludhiana: The Ludhiana Forest Division has successfully removed illegal encroachment from 70-acre in Rod Majri village in Machhiwara block and the vacated land is being developed as forest area.

Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Ludhiana Charanjit Singh said that till now, the Ludhiana division has reclaimed over 497-acre encroached land in Kot Umra, Gorsian Khan Mohammad, Haider Nagar, Hadiwal and Salempur villages during the period of six-month.

DFO revealed that on the directions Forests Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and with the help of Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal had started the removal of illegal encroachments from village Kot Umra and Gorsian Khan Mohammad on November 17, 2017, and had removed illegal encroachments from 227-acre area.

DFO Ludhiana said that the removal of encroachment from forest land will continue till the removal of last encroachment.

He further said that the state government is now actively considering recovering the rent from the illegal grabbers who will not vacate the forest land up to June 30, 2018.

The rent will be recovered as per their entries in Girdawri of the land and for the years in which illegal occupants encroached upon the forest land and it will be taken by adopting the procedure under the law, he added.

DFO Ludhiana warned the illegal encroachers to vacate themselves the forest land immediately to avoid this action and also to help in the greening district.

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