ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways has retrieved around 461.8 acres precious land worth billion of rupees from private individuals under its anti-encroachment operation across the country from 2018 to April 2021.
“The encroachment operation has been launched with the assistance of railway police and district administrations,” an official in the Ministry of Railways told APP on Sunday.
Giving details, he said the department retrieved 239.33 acres land in Punjab, 119.92 acres from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 87.81 acres from Sindh and 14.74 acres from Balochistan.
The official said that out of the total land, 77.687 acres were commercial, 294.9 acres were residential and 89.213 acres were the agricultural land of the Pakistan Railways.
He said the government was taking several steps to retrieve encroached land from the land grabbers including detailed survey was being carried out to identify the encroached land, occupied by the individuals and under illegal occupation of various government departments.
The official said the campaign was being monitored by the Divisional Superintendents, Headquarters office and Ministry of Railways.
The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and joint procedure order have been issued since for strict implementation of this policy, the official added.
He said that First Information Reports (FIRs) were being lodged and cases were registered and sent to Pakistan Railways Judicial Magistrates for expeditious trial.
The issue regarding illegal occupation and possession of Pakistan Railways land by government departments and institutions has also been taken up with the concerned departments, he added.
He said it was an ongoing campaign which would continue till the elimination and regularization of encroachments.
The official said Pakistan Railways owns 167,690 acres of land across the country, of which 90,326-acre is in Punjab, 39,428-acre in Sindh, 28,228-acre in Balochistan and 9,708-acre in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said the Geographic Information System (GIS) survey had also been conducted under a project regarding computerization of railway land records, in which all the encroachments and leases had been recorded in the Pakistan Railways Land Management Information System (PRLMS) software.