Ludhiana civic body to arrange flats once again for encroachers
After rehabilitation of encroachers from a colony near Jagraon Bridge, MC will now arrange flats even for people living on prime land belonging to Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) in Rishi Nagar. There are around 92 families which will be rehabilitated in Giaspura flats. The LIT had served notices to these encroachers two months ago to vacate the land, but they contacted mayor Balkar Sandhu and demanded rehabilitation, followed by which it was decided to allot flats to these people as well.
Recently, MC had shifted 107 families from a colony near Jagraon Bridge to Mundian flats, followed by which officials had plans to vacate many prime lands from encroachments by shifting people living on those properties to flats which were available.
There are 90 shanties constructed on 15,000 square yards of prime land in Y block of Rishi Nagar, and according to officials, the cost of this land is more than Rs50 crore. LIT had reserved this chunk of land for special purposes, while developing the Rishi Nagar scheme, and after getting it vacated from encroachments, they wanted to bring some housing scheme or sell plots directly to residents. Despite several attempts, the department could not get the land vacated under political pressure and resentment among encroachers.
LIT superintending engineer Rakesh Garg said they were waiting for a rehabilitation plan from MC for shifting these encroachers somewhere else and getting possession of their prime land. He said they could utilize the land for some useful purpose.