Imphal: District commissioners of Imphal East and West districts of Manipur have issued eviction notices against encroachers in state land, river banks, state land adjoining national highways, state roads, inter-village roads, and drains.

Chief minister N. Biren Singh has earlier stated, during the floods that twice occurred in the state, that illegal encroachments near riverbanks majorly contributes to the recent floods.

An order issued by Imphal East deputy commissioner, Khumanthem Daina, on Wednesday, said illegal encroachments have been found in several areas of Imphal East district, contravening legal provisions such as the Manipur Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1978, and other relevant acts and codes such as the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023.

Unauthorised constructions along national highways, state roads, inter-village roads, and state land adjoining the river and drains are creating public inconveniences, traffic congestion, drainage issues, riverbank breaches, and other problems, the order said.

The deputy commissioner, under Section 15 (1) of the MLR and LR Act, 1960, read with Sections 152 and 162 of the BNSS, 2023, has directed all illegal occupants of government khas land and state khas land adjoining national highways, state highways, and riverbanks to vacate by July 17.

Imphal West deputy commissioner directed sub-divisional officers of Lamphel, Patsoi, and Wangoi to conduct field surveys to identify encroachers on state land. The order directed to evict 74 roads within Imphal West district.

It has been directed to the concerned officials to take necessary action for the eviction of encroachers and to remove unauthorised structures constructed on government land.

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