Srinagar, May 04, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, with the March 31 deadline over, the Indian Army continues to illegally occupy 456 Kanals of land at High Ground in Islamabad town. A Srinagar-based English daily reported that in a meeting chaired by Governor, N N Vohra, in Jammu on March 18, the Army had agreed to vacate 456.60 Kanals out of the total 2005.24 Kanals of land held by it since early 1990s, by March 31.
It said that General officer Commanding-in-Chief (GoC-in-C) Northern Command, Lt Gen DS Hooda, had informed the Governor about the decision. Earlier, former puppet Chief Minister, late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, while chairing Civil-Military Liaison (CML) Conference in Srinagar in September, 2015, had asked the Army to vacate the land in Fatehgarh area of High Ground required for expansion of Kashmir University’s South Campus as well as developing a new housing colony to de-congest the town.
He had then set three month deadline for the same. “The process of handing over 456 Kanals of land to the district administration is yet to begin,” an official told the daily. He said that the district administration had taken up the matter with Army several times but the response had been cold.
“The patch of land is adjacent to South Campus in Fatehgarh area of High Ground and outside the ambit of 1 Rashtriya Rifles camp. They (Army) have, however, fenced the entire patch putting up barbed wire without paying rent to it,” the official added.
The civil society in the town has been pressing for establishing proposed medical college and technical college at the High Ground only. “The authorities are yet to find suitable land for establishment of medical college and the vast High Ground could serve the purpose,” said Rao Farman Ali, spokesman of South Kashmir Civil Society.
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