12,288 acre of state land recovered: Commissioner

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Staff Reporter

In line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar, operation against land grabbers has been going on at a brisk pace across the division.

So far, 12,288 acre of valuable agricultural, commercial and industrial land worth Rs62.47 billion have been retrieved from the illegal occupation in the current year so far.

The 39 Acre precious land have also been retrieved of Overseas Pakistani, worth Rs555 million and handed over to the owners(overseas) while data has also been prepared for taking fine from grabbers and registered cases against 57 grabbers of state lands.

This was stated by Divisional Commissioner Saqib Manan while briefing the mediamen in the committee room of the Commissioner’s Office about the details of operations carried out against the occupy mafia in the four districts of the Division.

Deputy Commissioner Faisalabad Muhammad Ali, Additional Commissioner Imran Raza Abbasi, ADCR Fazal Rabi Cheema and other officers were also present.

The Divisional Commissioner said that 5720 Acres worth Rs. 15 billion in Faisalab district since January, 4491 acres of land worth Rs.6744 million in Jhang, 997 acres of land worth 38705 million and 1079 acres of land worth Rs 1902 million in Chiniot have been retreived and the operation against the occupation mafia is being monitored directly by the Senior provincial officiers on the web portal.

He said that 49 complaints from overseas have been received regarding occupied of their 211 acres, 3 kanals and 3 marlas of land and so far 39 Acre land have been handed over to the overseas after retreived from land grabbers.

He said that the protection of the retreived land was being ensured and in order to prevent re-occupation of agricultural lands, it was planned to give the lands for cultivation under open auction.

He further informed that nearly 100 kanal govt land have been retreived from former parliamentarians in Toba Tek Singh and Faisalabad.

Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Ali said that the land in Jaranwala Tehsil had been in the possession of one family for the last 35 years, including a total of 2600 acres of land which was retreived in a major operation in the history of the district.

He said that 400 acres of industrial lands worth Rs. 4 billion were retreived at FIEDMIC from grabbers and due to this long-stalled trade activities of 32 countries would also be resumed.