437 Kanal land worth Rs 417m retrieved on the orders Punjab Ombudsman

LAHORE: As a result of action taken by the concerned administration on the orders of the Office of the Ombudsman Punjab to redress public complaints, a total of 437.7 kanal state lands have been retrieved from squatters in Mianwali, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Sargodha, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Nankana Sahib and Sahiwal districts, having a total market value of over 419 million rupees.

The spokesman of the Office of the Ombudsman Punjab disclosed this in a statement issued on Thursday.

The spokesman explained that 87.2 kanal of government land of 27.42 million rupees has been recovered from occupants in the Mianwali district after five complainants approached the ombudsman office for the same. The ombudsman’s office intervened in response to three different applications to retrieve a total of 96 kanals, worth 200 million rupees, from illegal dwellers in Toba Tek Singh. A degree of 3.71 million rupees has also been issued in favour of one Nasir Ahmad of Pirmahal with regard to crops produced after the involvement of the ombudsman office, the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, the spokesman pointed out that the involvement of the ombudsman office in response to different public complaints has resulted in the retrieval of 51.19 kanal government land valued at around 15.51 million rupees in Jhang while the amount of tawaan, worth 31,13,138 rupees, has been charged and deposited in the government treasury against state land measuring 12452.11 kanals in tehsil 18 Hazari on the direction of the ombudsman office, the spokesman cited.

The spokesman stated that the field operations carried out on the orders of the ombudsman office resulted in the retrieval of 18 kanal graveyard lands, valuing around 100 million rupees, in the Bhera and Bhalwal tehsils of Sargodha. Similarly, 126.16 kanalstate land of 3,46,50000 rupees in Rajanpur, 34 kanal and 13 marla government land of 2,56,13,280 rupees in Sadiqabadtehsil of Rahim Yar Khan district, one kanal and eight marlagovernment road, worth 9.8 million rupees, in Shahkot area of Nankana Sahib district and a public thoroughfare, measuring 5.4 acres and having the market value of 74,47,397 rupees has been retrieved in Sahiwal.

The spokesman further reported that Zahid Iqbal of Depalpurtehsil in Okara has been given possession of a five-marla plot, valued over 1.8 million rupees, on the intervention of the ombudsman office. Similarly, the ombudsman office mediated to ensure the transfer of inherited property measuring 11.9 kanalof 3.7 million rupees in favour of Naseer Ahmad of the Harbanpura area in Lahore. The complainants have thanked the Office of the Ombudsman Punjab for the prompt actions taken in the public interest and protection of their legal rights. TF REPORT

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