Dealing with iron hand,for the first time,the court of Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM)-east on Tuesday issued eviction notices to the illegal occupants of J and K Colony in Sector 29 to vacate houses within a fortnight or the UT Estate Office will get the houses vacated forcibly.
The issue of the 60 dwelling units known as Kashmiri Colony occupied by unauthorised people came to light after the assistant labour commissioner,Jammu and Kashmir,had intimated the UT Estate Office that the migrants were occupying the houses illegally.
Following this,a survey was conducted on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana Court and it was found,that in the 60 tenements,158 families were staying illegally.
The SDM (east),exercising powers under the Public Premises Act,1971, issued eviction notices to residents of all 60 dwelling units.
Following this detection,a survey was undertaken in all the colonies on the directions of the High Court to check if similar illegal occupancy was also taking place elsewhere. Though the final report is yet to be released,but preliminary inquiries have revealed that about 75-80 per cent of all such tenements,for which the residents only have to pay a minimum amount as rent ranging between Rs 100-1000,were occupied illegally.
In the survey,it was revealed that these tenements were either further rented out or were illegally sold,years ago. In all,the survey was done in 12 colonies located in Sectors 26,29,30,32,37,38 and 25,Khuda Lahora,Ram Darbar Phase I,Ram Darbar Phase II,Charan Singh Colony (Mauli Jagran),Indira Colony Phase I and Mani Majra with 12,400 dwelling units. Out of these,about 9,500 have been found to be occupied illegally.