GURGAON: The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has created a dedicated enforcement wing to carry out continuous anti-encroachment drives and reclaim its land.
According to an estimate, Huda land worth around Rs 5,000 crore has been encroached in Gurgaon. Until now, Huda had no separate wing to evict squatters, and anti-encroachment drives were handled by the estate officer.
The enforcement wing will be headed by sub-divisional officer HS Jakhad with three junior engineers, AK Rana, Virendra Chouhan and Ajmer Singh. The move comes in wake of the recent incidents where private parties have sold off Huda land and even developed illegal colonies right under the nose of urban development officials. The encroachment over prime land was also highlighted in the district grievance committee, acting on which, the chief minister had directed crackdown on encroachments.
Chief secretary of Haryana DS Dhesi last month had directed the urban development body to submit details of such incidents. Dhesi had also directed Huda to prepare the list of land acquired by Huda and their status.
Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav said reclaiming land from encroachers was top priority. “The estate officer, who was responsible for the removal of encroachments, was overloaded with work. Thus, there was a need for a separate enforcement officer,” said Yadav.
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