Over 1,000 acres of panchayat land freed in 12 days: Minister

The minister, Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, said the value of land freed from encroachers is estimated at 302 crore. Dhaliwal said that following an appeal by chief minister Bhagwant Mann, people voluntarily come forward to relinquish the panchayat land. The department is rewarding such persons, he added.

Mohali : The government has freed 1,008 acres of illegally acquired panchayat land from encroachers in the past 12 days under a special drive, said minister for rural development and panchayats Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal.

The minister said the value of land freed from encroachers is estimated at 302 crore. Dhaliwal said that following an appeal by chief minister Bhagwant Mann, people voluntarily come forward to relinquish the panchayat land. The department is rewarding such persons, he added.

People of Chhaleri Kalan village in Fatehgarh Sahib district have voluntarily given up 417 acres of panchayat land, where the state government will build a veterinary hospital, the minister said. Similarly, in Doaba, a potato grower has voluntarily handed over 35 acres of land, which he illegally occupied for years.

Dhaliwal said a special number will be issued by the CM on which information about encroachments on government lands can be shared. The panchayats department has also set up a special cell which will compile data on encroachments, examine legal aspects and submit a report to the government, the minister added.


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