ENCROACHERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF UNREST

Taking advantage of the ongoing unrest, scores of illegal structures are coming up in and around Dal Lake.
ENCROACHERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF UNREST
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Taking advantage of the ongoing unrest, scores of illegal structures are coming up in and around Dal Lake.

"Illegal constructions are rampant at Saida Kadal and inner areas of Dal Lake. Some shameless people are taking advantage of the present turmoil by constructing illegal structures both commercial and residential. The worst part is that they are also encroaching upon the state land at various places," said eye witnesses.

Locals at Saida Kadal told Greater Kashmir that trucks and load carriers ferry construction material for these illegal constructions during night.

"The construction work starts every night at around 11 pm. These structures go unnoticed as authorities are unable to visit the area due to prevailing circumstances," they added.

"Some of these people resort to stone pelting in a day to ensure that area remain disturbed and authorities are unable to visit area. During night, they intensify construction of illegal structures and encroachment," they said.

The concerned citizens in these areas have appealed authorities to depute the enforcement team in the area without any further delay.

"We demand immediate demolition and strict action under law against these shameless people."

Illegal constructions are also coming up in Brein, Nishat, Shalimar, Hazratbal, Dalgate and its adjacent areas.

"Encroachers are also constructing houses, shops and walls on the encroached land. Land filling of the lake is also going on at various places," locals said.  

Secretary LAWDA said that Enforcement Wing of LAWDA is functional in the field and during ongoing unrest, 15 cases have been registered against violators.

"During the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, we have registered fifteen cases in different police stations against the violators. We have also carried demolition drive and around fifteen illegal structures were demolished during past twenty six days," he said.

"The demolition was carried at Habbak, Dhobi Mohalla and other areas. The violators will be dealt strictly under law," he added. 

Another senior official of LAWDA enforcement wing, wished not to be named, told Greater Kashmir on August 2, demolition drive was carried at Habbak, Akhoon Mohalla, Hand Mohalla, Lashkari Mohalla. "Five illegal structures were demolished during this drive on August 2," he informed.

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the bench on June 15, this year, had made it clear that in case of any breach of court orders, the authorities concerned will be liable for punishment for committing the contempt of court.

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