GUWAHATI: Over 30,70,277 bighas of government land have been under encroachment in various districts in the state.
It is not all. The lands of Xatras, devalayas and tribal belts and blocks have also gone under encroachment in the state. Government land under encroachment in various districts in the state, according to government data, is as given hereunder – 494076 bighas in Tinsukia, 5.02 hectares in Charaideo, 58892 bighas in Lakhimpur, 20358 bighas in Sonitpur, 11823 bighas in Hailakandi, 169 bighas in Karimganj, 60584 bighas in Darrang, 36123 bighas in Nalbari, 49532 bighas in Barpeta, 292298 in Goalpara, 151987 bighas in Dhubri, 3980 bighas in South Salmara and Mankachar, 275854 bighas in Dibrugarh, 598848 bighas in Dhemaji, 8236 bighas in Majuli, 45574 bighas in Jorhat, 166712 bighas in Biswanath, 159485 bighas in Golaghat, 4752 bighas in Cachar, 2338 bighas in Kamrup (M), 102668 bighas in Kamrup, 59546 bighas in Bongaigaon, 36624 bighas in Sivasagar, 171415 bighas in Nagaon, 19773.401 hectares in Hojai and 113807 bighas in Morigaon.
The Harishankar Brahma Committee has also expressed concern over the encroachment of government land in the state. The status of government land under encroachment in the state bears significance in the aftermath of the recent police-encroacher faceoff at Sipajhar in Darrang district.
To cap it all, 69000 hectares of Assam land is under the encroachment of the neighbouring states. Even government lands allotted to various departments have also gone under encroachment.