The Madras High Court directed the State government to submit within six weeks an action-taken-report on encroachments of land belonging to Trisoolanathar temple in Chennai.
As per the Tribal Welfare Department’s data, a total of 53,022 cases have been booked so far concerning 2,08,512 acres, of which 52,075 cases covering 2,05,431 acres have been disposed of.
The plea was filed by Kalkaji Mandir Vikreta Sangathan challenging the September 27 HC directing removal of encroachments and unauthorised occupants and shopkeepers.
Coming down heavily on land grabbing, Madras High Court said if allowed to continue then the offenders will take law in their own hands.
Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Wednesday informed the Council that they will continue the drive to clear encroachments in all lakes.
On Monday night, Basha and family members consumed pesticide to end their lives and were rushed to a hospital in Chagalamarri.
The first Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavalu said, “The State must endeavour to ensure that there is no further encroachment.
Sources said, in the last 15 years, the land mafia has become increasingly active and encroached on government land in and around Kujang and Paradip.
The villagers allege the real encroachers are being shielded while poor families protecting the land from tresspassers, are being made scapegoats.
As many as 1,417 eligible beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) are yet to be given land by the State government for building the houses allotted to them back in 2017.
The issue of encroachments and illegal construction in mangrove forest surfaced after locals sought demolition of all unauthorised structures recently.
As per records of the ASI, there were 126 vendors who had set up their makeshift shops within the prohibited zone 20 years back.
Says big names involved, survey superintendent’s report for 2017-19 proves this
How is it possible to encroach jungle land without the knowledge of forest officials, questions Congress leader Pradeep Majhi.
According to sources, the Revenue Department officials have decided to invite land administration department officials to the meeting to chalk out plans to prevent encroachments.