22 primary land sites of LIT worth crores are under encroachment
The reply to an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that 22 The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in the Official Secrets Act, 1923 (19 of 1923), and any other law for the time being in force or in any instrument having effect by virtue of any law other than this Act. primary land sites worth crores of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust are at present encroached upon by various establishments like religious buildings, slums, residences, community centres, etc.
The reply to the RTI appeal states that a total of 37, 752 square yards of LIT are under encroachment. Out of the total area encroached, around 29,000 square yards are under illegal slums. Apart from this, other buildings encroaching the land include Gurudwara, temples, parks, residential housings, dairy places and even a police station.
The LIT officials stated the preoccupancy of the police as the main reason of their failure to get the encroached land cleared.