A drive to demolish illegal encroachments in Dwarka is going on in full swing at Gandhavi village in Kalyanpur taluka in Dev Bhoomi Dwarka district freeing lakhs of square meters of land. According to officials, over 100 encroachments were razed down in the last two days.
The village houses the famous Harsidhdhi Temple, which lies about 40 kilometres from Porbandar enroute to Dwarka.
According to a government official, apart from residential units, shops, and godowns, the authorities have razed down religious shrines belonging to the minority community as they were illegal.
According to the official, the district administration has demolished as many as four Dargahs as they were built on encroached land. “A total of 102 illegal structures have been brought down in the area in the ongoing drive,” he added.
When contacted, Nitesh Pandey, superintendent of police (SP), Devbhoomi Dwarka, said a drive is underway to raze down “illegal residential and commercial structures” in Kalyanpur taluka. He said the drive is in connection with national security concerns raised on the coastal areas by the government.
However, after this demolition drive, thousands of fishermen are illegally trespassing into the Mul Dwarka port of the Gir-Somnath district of Gujarat. More than 1,000 people with about 200 boats have illegally entered the coastal villages, after which there is a fear among the locals that the peace of the area can get disturbed.
The panic spread in the area very quickly. Locals in Mul Dwarka are demanding that people coming without any kind of permission should not be allowed to settle there. However, according to villagers, these illegal settlers are so adamant that any confronting interaction with them can lead to a quarrel. There has been a demand from the villagers that the government should move these outsiders from the Mul Dwarka area.
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