Peshawar: During an anti-encroachment campaign on Tuesday, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Board of Revenue reclaimed state land worth PKR 60 billion from unlawful occupancy, according to news reports.
The operation included 30 provincial districts and resulted in the recovery of 4,100 kanal of land. The operation is a continuation of the anti-encroachment effort that began in June and is expected to continue, according to Syed Zafar Ali Shah, a Senior Member Board of Revenue (SMBR).
According to the information supplied, the operation recovered 668 kanals of state land worth PKR 39 billion in Peshawar, followed by 322 kanals of state land worth Rs. 15 billion.
Officials in Abbottabad recovered 82 kanals of state land worth PKR 2.57 billion; officials in Dera Ismail Khan retrieved 276 kanals of state land worth PKR 2.15 billion; and officials in Nowshera district recovered 477 kanals worth PKR1.2 billion.
In addition, 326 kanals in Charsadda district, 71 kanals in Lakki Marwat, 67 kanals in Buner, 66 kanals in Bannu, 34 kanals in Haripur, and 33 kanals in Mansehra have been recovered, totaling PKR 3.9 billion.
The government is working on a project to digitise land records, according to KP SMBR, and a total of 3,500 mouzas property records have been digitised in 19 districts across the province. By the end of the year, the remaining 1200 mouzas will be entirely digitised. Land grabbing and encroachment, he says, will be greatly reduced by digitising and updating the land registry.