Encroachment free Shifan Court handed over to Tourism department
The Dehradun district administration has handed over the government land at Shifan Court in Mussoorie to the Uttarakhand Tourism Department after it was freed from encroachment on Friday.
According to the officials, about 80 families were living in this encroached government land but they have shifted from there on their own. In August, the district administration demolished about 15 isolated encroachments in Shifan Court out of around 80 encroachments whereas the occupants of the remaining 65 structures signed an affidavit agreeing that they will remove their encroachments on their own. The administration had given time till September 10 to the occupants of these structures for the removal of the encroachments.
Though only about 20 families had removed encroachments till Tuesday, as per the information provided by the executive officer of Mussoorie municipality, M L Shah, almost all the encroachments were removed by Friday by the occupants.
As informed by sub divisional magistrate (SDM) of Mussoorie, Manish Kumar, most of the families vacated the place on their own by Friday and have shifted from there but for those who could not shift immediately, the district administration has arranged temporary shelters for the next four to five days till they make their living arrangements somewhere else. While informing about this, Kumar also added that most of the encroachments have been removed and the said land has been handed over to the Tourism Department on Friday too.
It is pertinent to mention here that the encroachments in Shifan Court have been removed to facilitate the construction work of Purkul-Mussoorie ropeway which has purportedly been delayed due to various factors.
Saturday, 12 September 2020 | PNS | Dehradun