Strictest action being ensured against illegal buildings constructed on green belt: CM

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Strictest action being ensured against illegal buildings constructed on green belt: CM

Saturday, 18 March 2023 | PNS | Chandigarh

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday said that strictest action has been ensured against the construction of unauthorized buildings constructed on green belts on scheduled roads and national highways.
Khattar said that at present, the State Government has identified more than 1500 such buildings, and many buildings have also been demolished. Also necessary action is being ensured against the rest.
Responding to a question of Congress MLA BB Batra, the state Agriculture Minister JP Dalal said that over 1,700 unauthorized constructions have been detected and many have been already demolished. Detailed information about such buildings, whether they are residential or commercial, their construction period, action taken and FIRs registered, was placed on the table of the House.
Batra had sought to know if many unauthorized buildings have been constructed on the green belt on the scheduled roads and national highways in the state and, if so, the action taken by the Government to remove them in the last three years.
The reply from Agriculture Minister witnessed some exchanges between him and the Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Dalal, in his reply, said that 1,722 unauthorized constructions have been detected, of which 1,523 have been issued show cause notices while 393 demolitions have already been carried out. As many as 99 FIRs have been registered so far, he added.
Dalal questioned why Congress MLA Batra was seeking to know action taken by the government only for a three-year period and alleged that the previous Congress Government did not act on such unauthorized constructions during its tenure.
Intervening in the matter, Congress leader Hooda said that the Minister was not replying to the specific question and was deviating from it. The Minister is talking of the previous 10 years, 20 years, and is not giving a straight answer, he added.
As Dalal sought to target the previous Congress regime, a combative Hooda said that he will give a “strong reply” to him.
Batra sought to know “under whose shelter such construction flourished”, while seeking to know whether FIRs will be registered against the officers responsible for it.
Meanwhile, INLD lone MLA Abhay Singh Chautala took on the government, saying he had not been given a satisfactory reply to a question raised by him.
He had sought to know whether any agriculture loan was lying outstanding towards the farmers of the state at present and the total amount that was due and against how many farmers such amount was outstanding. In reply, the Cooperation Minister Banwari Lal said: “An agricultural loan of Rs 29,3291.08 lakh is outstanding against 30,6127 farmers as on March 31, 2022 in the state. This loan amount was given by the Haryana State Cooperative Apex Bank and Haryana State Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank."
Lal also said that "a loan of Rs 69,878.98 lakh is outstanding against 59,354 farmers given by Haryana State Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank as on March 31, 2022".
However, Abhay said that he wanted to know the total loan outstanding against all the farmers in the state.
Khattar told the INLD MLA that he had put his question before the cooperation department whose Minister concerned gave reply and if he wanted to know data of the entire state he should have asked the question to the finance department.
Abhay said that he had put his question to the Agriculture Department and not the Cooperation Department.

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