In JDA, the house is not in order. Facing chronic shortage of field staff, the enforcement wing is lying headless for almost a year besides 2 zones sans Tehsildars. Prolong delay by LG administration to appoint DLM and Tehsildars of Zone B and C prompts illegal constructions and unbridled corruption among field staff. Recent expose on silence of JDA staff over new 47 unauthorised colonies only shows one thing- CORRUPTION in jda is indomitable.and it enjoys official patronage.
JAMMU: Boom of unauthorised commercial structures in Bashir Gujjar Basti, Belicaharana adjoining 4th Tawi Bridge point towards rampant corruption prevailing in enforcement wing of Jammu Development Authority (JDA).
Revealing modus operandi of JDA field staff, sources said “For the last few years, Bashir Gujjar Basti have virtually turned into a gold mine for Khilafarzi Inspectors who instead of reporting constructions on encroached JDA land at the initial stage prefer silence merely to allow violators to complete their unauthorised illegal constructions.
Pointing towards two big commercial under construction structures with vast basement located at Bashir Gujar Basti, Lane No 1, a local of the area namely Gajinder Singh said “For the past one month, the construction is going on with impunity. The Khilafarzi Inspector namely Naresh Sharma visited these sites at the time of slab work but left after enjoying cup of tea with the violators” The slab of basement was executed 20 days ago and another slab work was done on Sunday 6, 2022 in broad day light with impunity, he added.
The locals complained that a tout namely Rashid Teli strike deals with JDA staff on behalf of violators for smooth construction of illegal structures over encroched JDA land in Belicaharana.
It would not be out of place to mentioned here that Belicaharana is another epicenter of demographic change in Jammu city where unauthorised colony was allowed to established entirely on encroached state land worth several crores with impunity.
Strangely, when JK Global News contacted the concerned Khilafarzi Inspector namely Naresh Sharma in an apparent bid to dodge us on these two illegal commercial constructions said “The concerned Tehsildar of JDA was informed about it who in turn has directed the Police Post Incharge Belicaharana for lodging FIR against both the violators” When further asked about the official communication between JDA and police, he start beating about the bushes.
To ascertain the veracity of JDA’s Enforcement Inspector, Naresh Sharma assertion on these illegal constructions when we contacted the PP Incharge, Belicaharana, Sub Inspector Jeevan Singh much to our surprise he said ” Leave aside written communication, no one from JDA have ever approached us for lodging FIR against those raising these illegal constructions un-authorisedly on JDA land”.
Where is the docket, which the JDA authorities supposed to dashed us at the initial stage of these two big constructions.
The higher ups in JDA must seek explanation from field staff as to how the violators after completing work of basement successfully executed slab work on first floor of these upcoming commercial structures, avers sources in JDA adding “This is not dereliction of duty but an act of free for all corruption prevailing in JDA over the past few years where accountability and transparency is the first casualty.