Railways identify 8,000 encroachments in Pune divn

According to latest statistics, Pune railway administration has identified about 8,000 encroachments on its land spread in Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts. Of the total encroachments, about 80% have been found to be near railway tracks and railway properties in Pune.

The railway administration conducts encroachment surveys every year. As per the latest reports, encroachments have increased to 8,000 in the division. Density of encroachments remains to be highest in Pune-Lonavla section with registration of about 5,500 cases. Besides this, about 1,700 encroachments have been identified along the Pune-Kolhapur track.

The railways administration, however, said there has been no significant increase in encroachments in the last couple of years because of continuous vigil and sharp patrolling undertaken by the administration to restrict such activities.

A senior railway official said maximum encroachments were seen along the railway tracks, especially near Pune station, Pimpri, Chinchwad, Hadapsar, Akurdi, Uruli, Ghorpadi, etc. The encroachments are in the form of illegal huts, shops, slums and so on. “Even though the administration has initiated steps to construct walls to restrict encroachments, people break the wall and encroach upon railway properties, which is an illegal act. Encroachments within the city limits can be seen at the Tadiwala Road, Ghorpadi areas along the Akurdi, Chinchwad and Pimpri stations, Hadapsar,” said the official.

Encroachments have also come up on vacant lands owned by the railways in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. The administration has issued notices in some recent encroachment cases, while some cases have been pending in courts for many years.

Railway officials said the administration recently initiated action in about 250 cases. The encroachments were removed as they were affecting routine works of the railways. Most encroachments were illegal constructions and huts.

When contacted, RPI leader Firoz Mulla said the solution to encroachments is a responsibility of the government. The local representatives of municipal corporations and railway officials need to hold talks with local citizens who should take them in confidence before initiating action, especially if people are residing in huts. The government should implement schemes for these people to relocate them.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-11-16/pune/35156211_1_encroachments-encroachment-cases-pune-stationRailways identify 8,000 encroachments in divn

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