Odisha mulling to regularise encroachments on govt land

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government is mulling to regularise encroachments on government land.

After a high-level meeting at the State Secretariat in Bhubaneswar today, Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty told media persons “The government is planning to regularise unopposed unclaimed non-slum encroached land where people have constructed houses. Discussion on a draft bill prepared for the same is still on and no final decision has been taken yet.”

Meanwhile, Opposition parties lambasted the State government on the proposed move.

OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik said “It would be a dangerous law. It is like a ‘Sarbakhyama yojana’. After the news, people will definitely encroach government land in large numbers.”

Echoing similar views, BJP spokesperson Pitambar Acharya said, “The State government has facilitated loot of water, land and mines and misused the government exchequer to strengthen its vote bank. If they (State government) are taking such a decision, it is against the interest of the people.”

Earlier, last month, the State Government had announced an amnesty scheme ‘Sarbakhyama Yojana’ to regularise unauthorised buildings and establishments in urban areas across the State. As per reports, the scheme is applicable for all kinds of buildings-residential, commercial, institutional and clinical establishments – falling under the jurisdiction of all nine development authorities in the State.