Tughlaqabad Fort Land Encroachment: 1200 houses came under action, orders to vacate 1500 bighas of land – Tughlaqabad Fort Land Encroachment 1200 Came Home Under Action

People have encroached upon this area

People have encroached upon this area
– Photo: Amar Ujala

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About 1500 bighas of Tughlaqabad fort land is under illegal occupation for years. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has given notice to the occupants to vacate the site within 15 days on the orders of the Delhi High Court. Within the last two days, notices have been pasted on about 1200 houses built on the land of the fort. The demolition work will be started by the end of this month.

The Archaeological Survey of India was given 2661 bighas of Tughlaqabad Fort land from the Delhi Development Authority in 1195 for maintenance. But in the last 25 years, more than 50 percent of this land was illegally occupied by people. ASI Superintendent of Archaeology, Praveen Singh said that in 2001, a PIL was filed in the Supreme Court for illegal occupation of the land of the fort. The matter remained in cold storage for many years. But in 2016, the Supreme Court took cognizance of this and sent the matter to the Delhi High Court and ordered its monitoring.

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