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1,000 acres of prime Delhi land encroached by land sharks and squatters

akhilesh yadav

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akhilesh yadav

Sharks and squatters are eating up gram sabha lands across Delhi. It's a bleak story of how land worth at least Rs.5,000 crore has been usurped by those who act with impunity.



While the government and the civic bodies struggle to identify land for developmental projects, the land mafia and grabbers have so far cornered more than 1,000 acres of village land in the national capital. There is an entrenched nexus between the grabbers and influential locals in the villages.



This came to light following an RTI response sought by Delhibased activist Rajhans Bansal. Government records show nearly 1,700 bighas or over 1,000 acres of gram sabha land has been encroached upon by locals and the realty mafia. Over the years, successive governments in Delhi have cited long-standing dispute with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) over ownership and unavailability of land as the reasons for poor developmental works. However, official records prove that the governments are themselves to be blamed for the sad state of affairs. Incidentally, the dispute among the land-owning agencies could have easily been avoided had the Delhi government managed to retrieve the land, a major chunk of which is situated in prime South and South East Delhi locations.







Read more at: 1,000 acres of prime Delhi land encroached by land sharks and squatters : India, News - India Today

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