Gewogs will start assessing the cases of illegal constructions from today
Land: Gewogs including Chumey, Ura and Chokhor in Bumthang are yet to submit a report on if people who had earlier encroached on government land by fencing, cultivation and construction of houses have been corrected.
During the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT), the land record office reported of 40 houses being constructed illegally on government land. Government land was also found fenced illegally across the gewogs besides cultivating on it.
An April 24 circular from the national land commission (NLC) stated that 10 dzongkhags where land kidu was already granted were asked to control encroachment on government land whether through cultivation, fencing or construction.
Following the NLC’s circular, the dzongkhag after assessing cases of encroachment in Chumey, Tang, Ura and Chokhor had asked those who had encroached to vacate government land by June 30.
The villagers however asked for an extension until the harvest season following which the deadline was extended to December 31. The dzongkhag also issued a circular in October to pull down the structures and fences by December 30 based on the tshogdu’s resoluation.
But six months later, neither the fences nor the 40 houses built on government land were dismantled.
Most encroachers refused to dismantle the structures aspiring to appeal for kidu, which even NCL is refusing to consider from accepting, Chokhor gup Sangla said.
The case is the same in Chumey and Ura. “Even after reminding repeatedly, they didn’t dismantle the houses let alone the fences,” Ura gup, Dorji Wangchuk said.
Starting today, the gewogs will assess the illegal constructions to follow up with the dzongkhag.“Based on the assessment reports, further actions will be taken by the committee,” land record officer, Yangdu Tshering said.
Tempa Wangdi, Bumthang