SMC, LAWDA continue demolition drive in Srinagar
SRINAGAR: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) continued the demolition drive in the city for the third consecutive day Thursday. Several illegal constructions that had been raised around Dal Lake and other parts of Srinagar by some unscrupulous elements while taking advantage of the prevailing law and order situation, were removed by the enforcement authorities of LAWDA and SMC during the demolition drive, an official spokesperson said this evening.
According to Enforcement Officer LAWDA, five structures were demolished inside the Dal Lake today with the assistance of police.
The Commissioner SMC and Vice-Chairman LAWDA have cautioned the people against indulging in encroachments under the garb of the prevailing situation. They have sought people’s cooperation in preventing the historic city of Srinagar from falling prey to the greed of the encroachers and land-grabbers.
They said that residents of various localities in Srinagar have approached SMC and LAWDA and pleaded for stern action against the people who have indulged in encroachments and illegal constructions during the past few days.
Meanwhile, an official spokesman said that anybody who wants to inform the concerned authorities about encroachments and illegal constructions in their respective areas can also contact the CM’s Grievance Cell on telephone nos; 0194-2500750, 0194-2483236 and 0194-2500643.
Moderate Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday warned those indulging in illegal constructions in and around Dal Lake in Srinagar under the garb of ongoing unrest to stop their activities immediately.
Huriyat said that there were reports of unauthorised and illegal constructions coming up at various places especially on the Dal and foreshore road is a cause of concern. “We warn such people to stop their activities forthwith,” Hurriyat said in the statement in Srinagar.
It asked the people to take such “shameless” people to task. At this crucial juncture of the resistance movement it is incumbent upon all people especially the youth to act with discipline, maturity and responsibility so that no harm is caused to our sacred cause, and no one is allowed to give it a bad name, the statement said.
Meaanwhile Forest officials in central Kashmir’s Budgam district demolished various illegal structures in an anti-encroachment drive on Thursday.
An official of the Forest Department said that miscreants, taking advantage of the prevailing circumstances, had raised several illegal structures in Tosmaidan and grabbed forest land in Brass village of Arizal area of the district, an official spokesperson said this evening.
“Our men swung into action as we received complaints of encroachment. There were 14 khotas erected in Tosmaidan which were demolished by our field staff in a three-day-long anti-encroachment drive besides two khotas were demolished at Padhastar area of Doodhganga range,” he said.
“We have seized 20 cubic ft of timber and confiscated two horses during past few weeks and a team of field staff have been mobilized in all the forest ranges of the district to check for more encroachments,” the official said.