New Delhi, Aug. 14 -- Encroachments on more than 40 acres of forest land in Dera Mandi village area of south Delhi were cleared on Tuesday. Revenue department officials said the demolition will continue for a few more days to recover remaining forest land which has been encroached upon by the villagers.

The encroached land is part of the southern ridge, which includes the villages of Dera Mandi and Jounapur in Mehrauli sub-division. It was found that nearly 170 acres of forest land has been encroached in these areas. Last week, the revenue department had restored 22.9 acres (110 bighas) of forest land in Jounapur village.

BM Mishra, district magistrate (south), said notices were issued in advance and encroachers were asked to remove their...