The State government has decided to ask the West Garo Hills deputy commissioner to submit a detailed report of the encroached government land in Tura with all the maps, cutoff date and the rates of the land.
The State cabinet today discussed the encroached government land and the fixation of land premium in respect of Tura.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that there are a large number of areas and lands which have been encroached by the public, which belong to different departments of the State government.
He recalled that the same issue was witnessed in Williamnagar and the government had settled those lands along with the public and discussions were made and a long term lease was given to the people out there.
“The West Garo Hills deputy commissioner has done an initial study and has submitted a report and they’ve sought the permission of the cabinet to move forward to find a way wherever possible to discuss and to find an amicable solution to this long pending issue. There are so many areas in Tura, especially in Walbakgre, Dakopgre, even near the civil hospital, and so on and so forth,” Sangma said.
He added that there are many areas which are government owned, but which were encroached by the public who have also settled there for a long time.
“Except in cases where the government requires the land for important projects like for example, if there’s any land required for extension of medical purposes, or any land required for MPSC office, or other places, the government will work towards finding an amicable settlement to these encroached lands,” Sangma added.