New Delhi: The Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said today that the Ministry of Defence has already put in place a system whereby information of illegal encroachments on Defence land is received periodically and action taken thereon is monitored.
As on 31 December last year, 9,622.8 acres of Defence land has been reported to be encroached in the country. The Government has notified respective user services who manage Defence land that they are responsible for its protection, removal of encroachments and planning for its land use.
The Government is strengthening Defence land management by way of computerisation and digitisation of land records, survey, demarcation and verification of Defence lands, and land audits.
Regular inspection of sites under respective jurisdiction is conducted by the CEO/DEO/Station Commander as the case may be, and detailed instructions emphasising the need for ensuring vigilance, detection and prevention of new encroachments have been issued by the Government
The Government is also removing encroachments on Defence land under the provisions of Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971 as well as under the Cantonment Act, 2006.
No Defence land is unused or surplus. All Defence land is being utilised for bona fide military purposes only and for strategic, operational and security needs of the nation. Certain land which appears to be lying unused is meant for training, mobilisation practice, construction of Key Location Plans (KLP) and Married Accommodation.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik in a written reply to Sujay Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and Dhairyasheel Sambhajirao Mane in Lok Sabha today.