“The department’s reclamation division is constantly keeping an eye on the vacant plots to see whether there is any encroachment. On the canal side road in AE Block, a plot has been turned into a dumpyard with people littering all over the place.State urban development officials, however, said constant monitoring was being done. The local ward committee should keep tabs,” he said. At BE Block, one such plot was encroached by an eatery at one side and by ragpickers on the other.In the nearby BD block, another plot has been taken over by a nursery with a bamboo structure set up on it. KOLKATA: The empty plots in Salt Lake , which are lying in utter neglect, have turned into garbage dumps and become home to unauthorized settlers.A few years ago, the state urban development department, the custodian of Salt Lake plots, had identified nearly 50 such vacant plots lying unused across the township for several years and put up boards on them, identifying them as ‘government land’ to prevent any unscrupulous and illegal construction on the plots.Illegal encroachment on plots at BDHowever, with no proper monitoring and clean-up work either by the urban development authorities or the local Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation , the plots have either been taken over by unauthorised settlers or are lying in utter neglect with garbage and litter thrown all over them.TOI recently took a look at some of these vacant plots.
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