Regional Commissioner Rajneesh Goel on Thursday directed the Gulbarga City Corporation authorities and the district administration to implement the Supreme Court direction and clear illegal religious structures on public land, including parks and open spaces.
Chairing a meeting of senior officials, Mr. Goel pointed out that the deadline fixed by the Supreme Court for the removal of illegal structures was December 31 last year, but because of the zilla and taluk panchayat elections, Gulbarga district had been given some more time.
Mr. Goel noted that as per the survey conducted by the corporation officials, there were 131 illegal religious structures. The Deputy Commissioner would issue individual notices and based on the reply received, he would take appropriate action, he said.
The Regional Commissioner directed the officials present to take steps to transfer the 188 acres of land in the Aiwan-E-Shahi area, which was acquired way in 1964, as government land and enter the same in record of rights.
While government offices, including Education Department offices and other buildings have come up on some of the land, around 80 acres has remained vacant. The demand for allocating land for establishing the Skill Development Centre by the Union Labour and Employment Ministry can be met by allotting the available land in this area, he said.
Mr. Goel said that as per the information available, around 40 acres have been encroached upon. If permission had been given for construction on these lands, it should be withdrawn and measures initiated to remove these encroachments. The Public Works Department officials were also directed to take possession of all the vacant lands.
Deputy Commissioner R. Vishal, Commissioner of Gulbarga City Corporation Manoj Jain, and officials from the GDA and other departments were present.