THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Braving stiff resistance from encroachers, the State government will firmly go ahead with the clearing of encroachments from government land, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said here on Thursday.
Inaugurating a land bank constituted for preparing an inventory of government land here, Mr. Achuthanandan said the steps to regain alienated land might have not attained fruition, but it had created public awareness of the menace of encroachments on public land.As a self-criticism, the government was ready to accept the fact that there were lapses in the eviction operations in Munnar and it had not reached the desired levels.
Such operations had invited the comments of the judiciary too. But it had paved the way for securing 15,000 acres of alienated land and also creating an awareness of the problems posed by encroachers. Action was being taken against officials who abetted the encroachments.
Following concerted government action, the encroachers had united and started resisting government action, but the government was determined to go ahead with its work.He said there were misconceptions about land bank. Real estate dealers bought small fragments of land and marshes and paddy fields.
The vast tracts thus created were being sold for exotic prices. Private agencies or individuals did not have the right to create such land banks.The revenue, the police and the registration officials should act cautiously to check encroachment.