Jagatsinghpur, June 14 (LocalWire): Locals and commuters have a harrowing time in Jagatsinghpur district as state highways, national highway, rural roads, cremation grounds, pasture land, village road and also jungles are encroached upon by influential traders.
Locals allege the district administration had submitted the list of encroachers to the state government and revenue divisional commissioner, central range, to take necessary steps but nothing has yet been done to evict the encroachers.
Tehsildars of eight tehsils have registered 86 encroachment cases in 104 acres of government land but no one has yet been evicted due to the callous attitude of the revenue officials who are influenced by the ruling party workers and traders.
A senior officer of the revenue department confessed ‘in 2015, tehsildars had registered encroachment cases against self styled Godmen and decided to evict them but could not implement it due to the pressure of ruling party leaders.
A similar situation arose when they tried to evict encroachers from state highways, national highways, rural roads and other government land.’
Siba Charan Nayak, a daily commuter said traders dump the construction materials like sand, bricks, chips, iron rod on government land at Purohitpur, Taradapada, Dedsardeuli, Sanra, Nalibar, Chapda, Jaipur and even on Cuttack- Nuagaon National Highway and Paradip Cuttack State Highway.
These traders load and unload materials by parking their trucks in the middle of the roads creating traffic jam.
Commuters face a lot of problems while travelling on these roads.
Locals said as per the Orissa Public Land Encroachments Act 1972, government land should be freed from encroachers within a definite time frame.
As per the Act, tehsildars should serve show cause notice within 15 days of registration of the case and within 45 days of registration of the case, encroachers should be evicted which is being violated in the district.