RAWALPINDI - Pakistan Railways authorities have retrieved 30.5 acres of land from the land grabbers in different areas of Rawalpindi division. However, a number of government departments still occupied over 155 acres of railways land in various areas of the division. The departments, occupied on Railways land, included Tehsil Municipal (TMA) Administration (TMA) Chakwal occupied on 13.54 acres land; Joint Staff Quarters, GHQ Rawalpindi on 36.91 acres; Housing Directorate Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Rawalpindi 8 acres; Housing and Physical Department of Punjab Government on 7.75 acres, private bodies on 58 acres, katchi abadis on 18 acres whereas a total of 12.75 acres of land was encroached in shape of roads in different localities. The Railway authorities would take cogent measures to retrieve lands from the encroachers. This was told by Railway authorities to National Assembly Standing Committee on Railways Sub-Committee Convener Ramesh Lal during a meeting held here on Friday. The meeting was held to inspect the encroached areas in Rawalpindi Division and to devise a strategy to retrieve them from the illegal occupants. The meeting was attended by Divisional Superintendent (DS) Railways Syed Munawar Shah, MNA Dr Talat Mahesar, MNA Dr Ayub Sheikh and MNA Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla. The meeting was told that Railway has 15,838 acres in Rawalpindi Division, of which 79 acres have been illegally occupied by the government departments and others. Nonetheless, Railway authorities have regained only 30.5 acres from grabbing departments so far. According to sources, the Railway authority took the Standing Committee convener and other members to three areas where lands have been got back from the occupants. Speaking after the meeting, Ramesh Lal said that said that measures were afoot to retrieve the encroached land from the illegal occupants. He maintained that Railways was being developed on modern lines and talks were underway with the US and China to induct the latest technology in Pakistan Railways. He said no effort would be spared to make stand the Railways on its feet once again adding the prime minister has released sufficient funds for the procurement of the locomotives. Damaged locomotives would be repaired with either US or Chinese assistance.