‘Encroachment’: Vadodara collector orders detailed survey of Jaspur land

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After a survey by the District Inspector of Land Records (DIRL) of Vadodara prima facie found encroachment on government land allegedly by city-based builder Sanjiv alias Sanju Bharambe at Jaspur village in Padra taluka, the district collector has ordered a detailed survey of the place.

A DIRL team had conducted a primary survey of Block No.1004 on Wednesday under the supervision of Vadodoara rural sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) J N Vaghela. In his report submitted to district collector Vinod Rao on Thursday, the SDM said that prima facie encroachment was found on around 20 acres of land on the bank of Mahi.

"Primarily, it is found that government land has been encroached upon by the development on plots of land," Vaghela told The Indian Express. Media reports have claimed that Bharambe has encroached upon around 20 acres of government land.

Following the findings, Rao ordered a detailed survey of land in Block No. 1004 and its surroundings on Thursday.

There are several plots of "agricultural" land under 13 survey numbers in Block No. 1004. During the primary survey, a riverside resort was found being developed on around two acres of land of survey numbers 1, 3 and 4. The possession holders of this land had reportedly told government officials that the development had been done by Bharambe.

Similarly, Chetan Sandesara of Sandesara Group, a city-based industrial group, had bought land of survey numbers 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. The Group is restoring a fort-like old structure to develop a farm house.

The collector has ordered confiscation of land bought by Sandesara.

While the primary survey was done to assess on-the-ground situation of the land, the detailed survey would focus on development on it.

The resort alleged to have been developed by Bharmabe has a shed for horses and buffaloes, a wooden hut and several hillocks with lawn. The surveyors would measure all this and the construction by Sandesara, a source said.

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