Shopian : The demolition of private buildings, shops and retrieval of land given under Roshni Act has started in district Shopian.
Besides retrieving land granted under this Act, an anti-encroachment drive against occupants of state land has also been intensified by the revenue authorities in the district.
The first drive against Roshni beneficiaries was carried out in Awneera Halqa of Zainapora and 15 kanals of land were retrieved during the drive and the action is in full swing in the district.
A village-wise list of encroached land has been made and the eviction process will be carried out in phases in the coming days.
The District Magistrate (DM) Shopian, Sachin Kumar Vaishya said that the High Court directions would be implemented in letter and spirit to retrieve the encroached land along with the state land allotted under Roshni Act, 2007.
The Roshni Act was enacted in 2001 with the twin objective of generating resources for financing power projects and conferment of proprietary rights to the occupants of state land.
The High Court had recently declared the Act “unconstitutional” and asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to take up the case.
The District Magistrate appreciated the efforts of the team and maintained that such drives would continue in the district.