29 July 2016

Encroachment of Railway Land

Encroachment of Railway Land

           
             As on 31.03.2016, out of 473052 hectares of land available with Indian Railways, approximately 52401 hectares of land is vacant. Zone-wise details of vacant Railway land are as under:

Railway
Vacant Land
(in hectares)
Central
2681
Eastern
2247
East Central
4298
East Coast
2840
Northern
11991
North Central
787
North Eastern
5770
Northeast Frontier
1402
North Western
1278
Southern
2722
South Central
1364
South Eastern
470
Southeast Central
3331
South Western
4245
Western
5876
West Central
621
Production Units
478
Total
52401


            As on 31.03.2016, approximately 879.51 hectares of land (0.18%) is under encroachment illegally by various segments of society which also include unscrupulous elements. For these encroachments, Railways carry out regular surveys and take action for their removal.  If the encroachments are of a temporary nature (soft encroachment) in the shape of jhuggies, jhopries and squatters, the same got removed in consultation and with the assistance of Railway Protection Force and local civil authorities. For old encroachments, where party is not amenable to persuasion, action is taken under Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants)  Act,  1971  (PPE Act, 1971),  as amended  from  time  to  time.   Actual  eviction  of unauthorized occupants is carried out with the assistance of State Government and police.  Removal of encroachment is a continuous process, as a result of which, in last three years and current year (up to June, 2016), 94.28 hectares of encroached land has been retrieved.            Railways have also taken measures to protect railway land from encroachment which include licensing of land to railway employees for Grow More Food (GMF) Scheme, provision of boundary wall, fencing and tree plantations at vulnerable locations.

Encroachment of Railway Land

           
             As on 31.03.2016, out of 473052 hectares of land available with Indian Railways, approximately 52401 hectares of land is vacant. Zone-wise details of vacant Railway land are as under:

Railway
Vacant Land
(in hectares)
Central
2681
Eastern
2247
East Central
4298
East Coast
2840
Northern
11991
North Central
787
North Eastern
5770
Northeast Frontier
1402
North Western
1278
Southern
2722
South Central
1364
South Eastern
470
Southeast Central
3331
South Western
4245
Western
5876
West Central
621
Production Units
478
Total
52401


            As on 31.03.2016, approximately 879.51 hectares of land (0.18%) is under encroachment illegally by various segments of society which also include unscrupulous elements. For these encroachments, Railways carry out regular surveys and take action for their removal.  If the encroachments are of a temporary nature (soft encroachment) in the shape of jhuggies, jhopries and squatters, the same got removed in consultation and with the assistance of Railway Protection Force and local civil authorities. For old encroachments, where party is not amenable to persuasion, action is taken under Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants)  Act,  1971  (PPE Act, 1971),  as amended  from  time  to  time.   Actual  eviction  of unauthorized occupants is carried out with the assistance of State Government and police.  Removal of encroachment is a continuous process, as a result of which, in last three years and current year (up to June, 2016), 94.28 hectares of encroached land has been retrieved.            Railways have also taken measures to protect railway land from encroachment which include licensing of land to railway employees for Grow More Food (GMF) Scheme, provision of boundary wall, fencing and tree plantations at vulnerable locations.