Lahore: In the latest update relating the encroachment drive being carried out all over Pakistan, concerned authorities have claimed to have recovered almost 100,000 acres of state land in Punjab alone. Residential and commercial properties that were built on illegal land were demolished all over the province and state land retrieved.
According to our news source, Minister for Law and Local Government ‘Muhammad Basharat Raja’ while presiding over a meeting on Wednesday shared the progress with the officials and expressed his opinion. It is estimated that the retrieved land is valued at over PKR 180 billion. Further, respective officials and concerned departments were told to continue the anti- encroachment drive with full vigor. Last year the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan had ordered to take back state land and hence the drive will not stop until there is no state land left in the hands of encroachers and illegal land grabbers.
The 100,000 acres of state land retrieved in Punjab comprises of 7,354 acres of land in Lahore, the capital of province and the most developed. Moving towards the southern part of the province, Gujranwala and Faisalabad have gained highlight where 3,312 acres and 20,963 acres of land has been retrieved respectively. Further down south, 11,740 acres in Sargodha, 4,709 acres in Sahiwal, 3,873 acres in Multan, 2,695 acres in Bahawalpur and 58,177 acres in Dera Ghazi Khan have been taken back.
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