Vrindavan, 2017.09.07 (VT): JCB backhoes will once again be roaring in illegal colonies in the Yamuna floodplain on Thursday. The district administration and the MVDA are taking action to demolish illegal constructions with the help of the police.
The Associate District Magistrate (ADM) for Finance and Revenue issued warnings to those living in the Kalidaha area. The MVDA has specifically identified 87 houses for demolition.
In compliance with the July 23 order of the High Court, the District Magistrate has ordered the demolition of the illegal houses built in Yamuna flood plain. The district administration had been ordered to take action on 15 homes to be demolished over 15 days, but did not do so.
Since there will be a hearing in the High Court again this month and the district administration will have to present a report on their compliance with the order, it has once again taken up the task of clearing the flood-prone areas.
So for the past two days, notice has been given to those living in these illegal colonies to vacate their homes.
All in all 21 residential colonies in the flood plain have been marked for demolition.
On Wednesday, Ravindra Kumar (ADM Finance and Revenue), SPCC Shravan Kumar, CO Sadar Vijayashankar Mishra and MVDA officials gave official warning to those in the Kaliyadaha and Madan Mohan temple areas. On receiving them, a meeting was immediately held in the Shreeji Bhatika under the leadership of Shyam Nishad, the head of the Vrindavan Bangar Gram Panchayat. In the meeting blame was placed on the different departments that allowed such construction to take place.
They unanimously denounced the administration’s actions. Pradhan Shyam Nishad said that the District Administration made the new Gram Panchayat of Vrindavan Bangar with government permission in 2015. It was chosen. The Revenue Department declared this land to be residential and the Office of the Registrar has been taking registration fees on the land.
Furthermore, the MVDA has not only not stopped construction at any time in the last two decades, but electricity, water, roads and sewer lines have been built in the area without any objection. 81 toilets were even constructed here under the Clean India Mission of the Central Government.
Despite all this, action is being taken to demolish the houses of these areas. Among those who expressed their indignation were Totaram, Shyam Bihari, Devakinandan, Atal Bihari Goswami, Mahesh Jadoun, Pappu, Ravi Shankar, Kamal, Kanhaiya etc. were present.
<b>Land being allotted for widows on the flood plain</b>
In a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing, the district administration has allotted land for the rehabilitation of destitute widows in the Yamuna flood plain. A team from the Revenue Department reached Jagannath Ghat on Wednesday to designate to mark the allotted land for the construction of the building for the rehabilitation of destitute women and widowed mothers.
According to Ashok Chahar Kanungo and Patwari OP Patel, 17 years ago the Director of Women Welfare Department appealed to the District Administration for land to be earmarked for this purpose. The district administration passed the proposal by selecting two acres at plot 137 at Jagannath Ghat. This was signed over to the Women’s Welfare Dep’t on Oct. 11, 2002 for the purpose of building an ashram for these women.
Since then, the WWD continued to correspond with the Department of Revenue to get the land registered. However, now ADM Finance and Revenue Ravindra Kumar is saying that if any land has been allocated for construction in the khadar zone, it will have to be verified in accordance with the new guidelines.
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