Guwahati: Over 49 lakh bighas, or 6,652 sq km, of land was under encroachment across Assam, a reply from then-junior revenue minister Pallab Lochan Das in the assembly in 2017 said. The area would roughly be twice the total area of Goa and just a little less than that of Sikkim.
The total area encroached upon includes 3,172 sq km of forest land. There are also large tracts of land belonging to Vaishnavite satras and ancient temples that have been encroached upon.
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