Eviction drive frees up govt. land at Dollygunj

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
16 Jun 2017

Despite clamour from land grabbers and political resistance observed in the recent past, the Revenue Department of the UT administration appears resolute in ensuring zero tolerance towards encroachment on government land. An eviction drive conducted by the agency on Friday reduced around six illegal structures constructed to rubble reclaiming precious government land at Dollygunj.
Acting on orders from the Court, the revenue team led by Sub Divisional Magistrate of South Andaman, Ms Mitali Goel reached the spot at around 10.20 am along with Police. After assessing the situation, the SDM ordered demolition of the structures using heavy machines.
Encroachers initially pleaded the SDM to stop the demolition process, but later capitulated and carted off with their household belongings. Hitachis and labourers employed for the drive busted around three RCC houses and three semi – permanent structures constructed on government land during the drive. “These encroachments have been in existence for the past many years.
All of them have obtained electricity, water, cable TV connections etc. Such eviction drives have been conducted in the past. But as the revenue authorities leave behind the wreckage, they (encroachers) rebuilt the structures within a few days. The  revenue department should take some steps to prevent such reconstruction by encroachers on government land. Moreover, the agency should also take similar action against encroachments in other parts of the city,” said some residents of Dollygunj present at the spot.
“These six structures raised on government land have been evicted as per the orders of the Court. The Revenue Department is fully committed to secure precious government property in different parts of South Andaman and routine eviction drives, based on credible information, are being conducted. On Thursday, the revenue team sealed many shops constructed illegally on government land at Bhatu Basti,” said Ms Goel. On the issue of reconstruction on freed land, the SDM said that the remains after an eviction drive are not worth enough to be put up for auction. “The revenue department will, however, mull over steps to prevent  re-encroachment on government land.”