Forest dept removes encroachments from 52 hectares of its land in Meerut
The forest department has removed encroachments from 52 hectares of its land in Meerut. In an anti-encroachment drive recently, the department has reclaimed 52 of 85 hectares that were illegally occupied by individuals mostly in Ganga Khadar region. The move comes after the state government decided to launch a drive to free forest land from encroachments.
Earlier, a forest department team had conducted a detailed survey of its land in the months of May, June and July, following which the eviction drive was started in August. Aditi Sharma, Meerut divisional forest officer, told media, “Several plots of land belonging to the department were illegally occupied by people. We keep clearing encroachments throughout the year but a dedicated drive was launched after the government’s decision. So far, encroachments from 52 hectares of land have been removed and we are working on freeing the remaining portion of our land.”
The committee to oversee the anti-encroachment drive is heading by district magistrate Sameer Verma. Out of the 52 hectares land reclaimed by the department, plantation work has already started in 50 hectares.
“We are still in the process of removing encroachments, a majority of which have come up in farmlands near Ganga. As the river changes its course frequently, even farmers have issues in locating their property. To avoid confusion in future, we have set up small pillar-like structures on the path of Ganga so that farmland is easy to locate and forest area is not encroached,” added Sharma.