Over 4,200 illegal settlements on railway land in national capital region

August 4th, 2011 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) The Railways have over 4,200 illegal settlements on its lands in the national capital regions, hampering developmental work and endangering the lives of these encroachers, the Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa said Thursday.

“Railways have deposited Rs.11.25 crore with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for resettlement of about 4,360 jhuggis in the National Capital Territory of Delhi. Till now about 185 jhuggis have been removed from railway land by MCD,” said Muniyappa in a written reply to the Lok Sabha .

Encroachments on railway land near railway tracks cause operational problems besides hampering the developmental works and causing unsafe conditions for encroachers,” he added.

The total encroached area on railway land, across the country, was approximately 2,424 acre, till March 31.

During last three years ending March 31, the railways was able to get approximately 1,448 acre of land vacated.

Railways are engaged in continuous exercise to protect Railway land/property from further encroachments by providing boundary walls, fencing, tree plantation, etc at vulnerable locations on a programmed basis.

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