Post September 2014 floods, state government has intensified drive against land encroachers alongside banks of river Jhelum while district administration Srinagar has imposed section 144 on spots where demolition drives are held.
“Implementing the instructions of J&K High Court, the district administration Srinagar launched a massive anti-encroachment drive along the banks of River Jhelum to restore its width to its original position,” an official statement said this evening.
The drive has been simultaneously launched by a joint team of officers of Revenue, Police (including Lady Police contingent), SMC, Irrigation and Flood Control Departments from Sempora and Panzinara under the overall supervision of Sub-Divisional Magistrates and Assistant Commissioner Revenue Srinagar.
“Scores of illegal structures, boundary walls and thousands of trees were removed from the banks of Jhelum during the drive.
The authorities said that the drive will continue till all the encroachments are removed along the banks of river Jhelum as per the directions of the High Court,” the statement said.
The District Administration also asked all those persons whose structures fall within the demarcation made by the Revenue, Irrigation and Flood Control Departments to voluntarily remove the encroachments, it informed.
“In order to maintain law and order during the demolition drive, District Magistrate Srinagar has ordered imposition of Section 144 Cr. PC at the spots where demolition squads are performing their duties along the Banks of River Jhelum from Sempora to Panzinara, till further orders,” the statement said.