Indian Railways have approximately 10.65 lakh acres of land, out of which 260 acres of land, which constitutes only 0.23 per cent of total land holding, is under encroachment. During last three years, ending 31.3.20101, there has been reduction of about 10760 numbers of encroachments releasing 2250 acres of land. No case of dereliction of duty on the part of railway officials in this regard has been reported in the recent past.
Railways are engaged in a continuous exercise to protect Railway land/property from further encroachments by providing boundary walls, fencing, tree plantations etc, at vulnerable locations on a programmed basis. As regards existing encroachments, Railways have decided to deal with the issue in a humane manner, through implementation of Sukhi Griha’ scheme under which it is planned to rehabilitate 10,000 encroachers.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri K.H.Muniyappa in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.