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Govt. agencies told to reclaim land vacated by dairies

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, APRIL 7. The campaign against closure of illegal dairies across the Capital has come as a bonanza for the land owning agencies and government departments who had given up hope of removing such encroachers from their property. Thanks to the efforts of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, hundreds of acres of such encroached land is being vacated due to closure of such illegal units with a majority of them located near community parks or drains.

With action for closure of illegal dairies in full swing across the Capital, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has written to all the land owning agencies to take immediate steps to reclaim their "lost land'' that has been left vacant by the removal of such dairies lest it should again be encroached upon by the land mafia or by some other illegal groups.

It is learnt that the Municipal Commissioner, Rakesh Mehta, has written to the heads of all the land owning agencies to take necessary measures and give adequate instructions to the officers concerned to take possession of the land that has been vacated due to relocation of the illegal dairies at Ghoga near Narela. In a letter to the Delhi Development Authority vice-chairman, Madhukar Gupta, and other land owning agencies, Mr. Mehta is learnt to have pointed out that the Veterinary Department of the Corporation has been undertaking vigorous action to remove unauthorised dairies from the State in compliance with the orders of the Delhi High Court. It has been reported that much of the land, where these dairies are being closed down, belongs to government departments like the Delhi Development Authority and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. A large chunk of these dairies are located on the banks of drains while others are in parks.

It is mentioned that while the removal of dairies is going on, it is important to ensure that the vacated land is taken over by the departments concerned. As a measure of security, it would be better to plant trees on these land stretches and barricading the same so that proper control of the department could be exercised and these barren areas are turned into green patches.

Warning that absence of any action to reclaim land would expose it to encroachment by land sharks and unscrupulous people, Mr. Mehta said instructions had been given to the officers concerned to find out at the time of removal, the original owner of the land and inform the agencies concerned immediately.

It is learnt that Mr. Mehta has issued instructions to the Additional Commissioner (Engineering), the Additional Commissioner (Health) and the Director (Horticulture) to undertake massive tree plantation in the areas where MCD land was involved.

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