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- Dear Arifa,
I am looking for a house for my parents in Gandhi Nagar. Can I request you to please share the details of your house with me on aashishkaul@.com / cell No. +91-9820279349
- Dear Arifa, I am looking for a house in Gandhi Nagar, please share details of ur house on aashishkaul@.com / +91-9820279349Originally Posted by arifaHello Folks,
This is Arifa from Jammu. :)
I just stumbled on this community. It seems quite nice. I am not sure if there is anyone out there from my city Jammu.
I am basically looking to sell my old house in Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. It's an old house built in 2 Kanals. Not sure what the rates are. Property brokers in Jammu are real bad and unprofessional.
To makes things worse there is a huge stamp duty of 22% with the result that the cash transaction comprises nearly 85%+ value of the deal. I.E you get almost 85 lacs in black for a transaction of Rs. 1 Crore.
BTW, land in Jammu is measured in Kanals.
1 Kanal = 20 marlas or 605 square yards (Gaz in local languages and Urdu).CommentQuote0Flag
- 425 housing flats to come up in Gandhi Nagar soon
Minister approves Jammu Development Authority’s project
Tribune News Service
Jammu, February 16
Minister for Urban Development Nawang Rigzin Jora today approved the project of the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) to construct 425 residential flats in the Gandhi Nagar area of the city.
He accompanied by Housing and Urban Development secretary Satish Nehru and JDA vice-chairman KL Khajuria today visited the site proposed for a group housing colony and gave his nod to initiate measures for the construction of the flats.
“There will be a provision of about 425 modern housing flats for the higher-income group and the economically weaker sections (EWSs) of society,” said Jora.
He said, “It will be another milestone in providing modern housing facilities to the people in urban Jammu, where availability of land has become extremely scarce since the 1990s. In the backdrop of turmoil in some parts of the state in 1990s, people from various areas converged towards Jammu city to construct their houses.”
The JDA project of constructing group housing flats on a self-financing basis in Jammu and Srinagar aims at providing affordable housing facilities to the people.
Yesterday, Jora laid foundation stone for the construction of 524 housing flats at Muthi.CommentQuote0Flag
- Show draft Bill that puts ban on demolitions: HC to govt
Tribune news Service
Srinagar, February 17
The J&K High Court has asked the government to produce the Cabinet order and draft of the “Civic Laws (Special Provisions) Bill-2014” by tomorrow morning.
The Bill, which was cleared by the Cabinet on Sunday, puts a moratorium of one year on the sealing and demolition of the buildings and other structures that have come up in violations of the Srinagar master Plan.
As the PIL on the master plan violations came up before a division bench comprising Justice Hasnain Massodi and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, it asked government advocate Shah Amir to make a statement about the policy decision of the government with regard to the demolition and sealing of illegal structures.
However, Amir sated that he had no instructions in this regard from the government. The matter was adjourned and taken up again in the post-lunch session.
In the post-lunch session, the government counsel, after receiving the instructions from the government, submitted that the Cabinet had already given its nod to a Bill putting moratorium on the sealing and demolition. He further submitted that the Bill would be introduced in the Assembly during the ongoing session.
However, the Bench was satisfied by the statement made by the state counsel and directed the government to produce a copy of the Cabinet order and the draft Bill before it tomorrow, when it would again take up the matter.
In the PIL, the petitioners had prayed that the high court should take “note” of the constructions made illegally without permission from the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) and in violation of the master plan in Srinagar city and pass directions to the authorities concerned for demolishing such structures in the interest of the public.
The high court in its orders dated October 21, 2013, had observed that it had been informed by the government that over 3,000 violations of the Srinagar Master Plan have been noted. It had also asked the government to come clean on the issue and state whether it intended to take any policy decision with regard to these violations.
However, since then, the government has been showing its reluctance to take action against the structures and the buildings which have come up in violations of the master plan in the city over the years.
The Bill ‘legalises’ the illegalities
The Bill - Civic Laws (Special Provisions) Bill-2014 - cleared by the Cabinet, which was chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on February 16, puts one-year moratorium on sealing and demolition of buildings which have come up in violation of the Srinagar master plan. The state counsel today informed the high court that the government intends to introduce the Bill for its passage before the state legislature during the ongoing session. The Bill mandates the government to formulate a policy till March 2015 for regulating such unauthorised buildings and also puts a ban on sealing or demolition drives.
What the PIL says
In the PIL filed by Mujeeb Andrabi through his counsel Firdous A Parray, it was submitted that the respondent authorities had failed to promote the living conditions of the people of Srinagar city. The PIL prayed that the authorities concerned be directed to remove all illegal structures, erected in violation of the Srinagar master plan and without building permission from the SMC. The PIL had also alleged that there was mismanagement of the traffic and civic responsibilities by the authorities concerned. “This petition is filed to clear the hawker menace, which has made the life of the residents of the city miserable. Traffic slows down on roads, which are already facing heavy vehicular movement,” the PIL had stated.CommentQuote0Flag
- Govt fails to acquire land due to ‘outdated’ Act
Tribune News Service
Jammu, March 3
Though the population of Jammu city is expected to touch 19 lakh in 2021, but the state government continues to follow the J&K Development Act-1970, which has an outdated land acquisition provisions.
While responding to the cut motion brought by MLA Chaman Lal Gupta in the Legislative Assembly, the government has also admitted that the failure of Municipal Corporations, Urban Development Department and other agencies to match with rapidly growing demands of residential, health and educational sectors is mainly due to these agencies not being able to acquire land for the proposed projects.
"Due to difficulty in land acquisition, several states in the country have adopted different models like the town planning scheme, land pooling and redistribution scheme as a land management tool, but the same could not be adopted in Jammu and Kashmir due to lack of such provision in the prevalent Act," Urban Development Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora responded to the query.
The Master Plan for Jammu-2021 was notified under SRO-263 in August, 2004, but in the absence of any future planning, urban bodies are facing problems in finding land to create necessary infrastructure for the growing population. The local area notified under the 2021 plan is 288 sq km, comprising of 221 mohallas/villages in 10 divisions.
To implement the Master Plan proposals, necessary amendment to the Act is required. Till 2000, the city was having an area of just 32 sq km and in 2003 the government approved the city limits to 117 sq km. The old city, comprising of 23 wards, was divided into 48 wards and 23 new wards were added thus raising the total number of wards to 71, which are being managed by the JMC, while major projects are being looked after by the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) and Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA).
Chaman Lal Gupta said that there would be a huge need for housing, employment, social infrastructure, organised shopping centres, transport, adequate arrangements and reservations to accommodate different kinds of physical infrastructure and public utility systems. "A set of coordinated policies are needed to develop the city so that it can handle the expanding population," Gupta said.CommentQuote0Flag
- J-K auditor reveals Rs 25k-crore land scam under Roshini Act
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Tribune News Service
State’s biggest scam
CAG detects irregularities worth over Rs 25,000 crore
Against target of over Rs 25,000 crore, govt realised only Rs 76 crore
20 lakh kanals of state land still under encroachment
10 lakh kanals encroached upon in past decade
Jammu, March 8
Subhash Chander Pandey, Principal Accountant General, today dubbed the Roshini Act to be the biggest scam in Jammu and Kashmir. He detected irregularities worth over Rs 25,000 crore.
The Roshini Act, also called the J&K State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001 was enacted during the regime of the then Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah.
The next coalition government of the PDP and Congress, under the chief ministership of Ghulam Nabi Azad, had amended it in 2004 and framed rules to finance various hydel power projects in the state from money generated via conferring ownership rights upon the persons who had been occupying state land.
However, against a target of Rs 25,448 crore that was to be realised by November 2006, the state government could only realise a paltry Rs 76 crore, thereby failing to meet the purpose of the legislation.
As of today, 20 lakh kanals of state land stands encroached upon. It stood at 10 lakh kanals in 2004.
“The government had fixed November 2006 as the deadline to realise the target of Rs 25,448 crore. The value of the land now is anybody’s guess,” said Subhash Chander Pandey.
The top official also regretted the lukewarm response of the Revenue Department saying that had the department cooperated with us, the CAG report on Roshini Act vis-à-vis irregularities would have been submitted to the state legislature in September last year.
Pandey said that apart from the state legislature, the CAG findings in the form of reports have been submitted to Governor NN Vohra. “It is now up to the Governor and the Public Accounts Committee of the state legislature to take cognisance of CAG reports,” he added.
He also rued the cold response of the Civil Secretariat including Financial Commissioner, Revenue, to CAG’s requirements for the audit.
“Either the Civil Secretariat, which is a controlling authority of all departments, didn’t have the information or was reluctant to share it with us,” he said.
The Principal Accountant General also said that the rules of the Act, which were framed in 2005 and 2007 during the tenure of Ghulam Nabi Azad, were not in harmony with the Act.
The Roshini Act, 2001 was first amended in 2004 wherein the then government removed the cut-off year 1990 for long-term occupants of state lands and incorporated “authorised occupant” — a person who on the date of the commencement of the Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) (Amendment) Act, 2004 was in actual physical possession of the state land, personally or through an authorised agent, by virtue of an existing valid lease or grant made by the competent authority.
“This encouraged encroachers — a fact substantiated by the state land under encroachment. Before amendment in 2004, a total of 10 lakh kanals was under encroachment. In the past 10 years, another 10 lakh kanals were encroached upon,” he said.
Pandey said that another provision that went against the Act was to make transfer of agricultural land free of cost.CommentQuote0Flag
- Government questions CAG over land scam under Roshni Act
Tribune News Service
Jammu, March 9
The Jammu and Kashmir Government today raised questions over the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the Roshni Act, saying the findings were based on "presumptions and speculations".
It also pointed fingers at Principal Accountant General (PAG) Subhash Chander Pandey for addressing a press conference on the issue when the Model Code of Conduct was in effect.
"The findings of the CAG on the Roshni Act are based on presumptions and speculations," Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Aijaz Ahmad Khan told reporters here.
"Holding a press conference and speaking on the findings which are based on presumptions and speculations, that too, when the Model Code of Conduct is in place raises eye brows," the Minister added.
The Principal Accountant General during a press conference here yesterday had said there were irregularities to the tune of Rs 25,448 crore under the Act.
However, Khan said: "There is no wrong in the Roshni Act. The scheme was made to generate revenue."
The Minister added that he doesn't rule out that some people might have got undue benefit from the Roshni Act. But said, around 60,000 people, including poor farmers got benefited from the scheme.
"When the Principal Accountant General could go through the cases in urban areas like the Residency Road in Srinagar and Jammu, he should have also visited to rural and far-flung areas where poor farmers have been benefited by the scheme," Khan said.
"The Principal Accountant General shouldn't have gone public after submitting the report in the House as the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has to first deliberate on the report," he added.
On the allegations that the government didn't provide the CAG the vital information regarding the Act, the Minister said whatever detail the Principal Accountant General had asked for, the government provided it but there was no mention of any reply in the CAG report.
Pandey had yesterday said the government didn't provide the organisation vital information and the loss could be much more.
When asked why he held a press conference on the issue when the Model Code of Conduct was in place, Pandey said: "The Model Code of Conduct is for political parties and the government. It has no binding on the Constitutional authorities."
Anybody aware on what is this scam & what is the Roshni Act ?CommentQuote0Flag
- Illegal constructions along river banks behind massive destruction
Tribune News Service
Jammu, September 7
Massive destruction of residential structures along the Tawi, Chenab and Ujj rivers in the Jammu region has once again brought to focus illegal constructions and encroachments on the river banks by people and land mafia in J&K in the past few decades.
Corrupt officials and political pressure have forced the civil administration to turn a blind eye towards all this activity, which has wreaked havoc in the state.
The land along the fourth bridge on the Tawi, a portion of which got washed away, had become a haven for unauthorised colonisers, courtesy a few politicians, who had taken over land illegally, hoping to reap benefits after the artificial lake comes up in the area.
Houses and shopping complexes have come up along the river banks in the past few years. The situation is similar on the banks of the mighty Chenab, which flows through Akhnoor before entering Pakistan, as villagers have taken over the flood-prone land for agricultural purposes.
Though Municipal Corporation officials and the Divisional Commissioner were not available for comment as they were involved in the rescue operations, the floods have exposed the “faulty” policies that have encouraged unlawful activities along the banks of rivers and rivulets in the Jammu region.
“Before giving any relief to the affected families, they should be asked, who gave them the permission to build colonies on the river bank. It raises a question mark on the working of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Municipal Corporation, Jammu Development Authority (JDA) and the Housing Board,” said Suresh Jamwal, a retired civil engineer.
Illegal constructions near Circular Road, Gujjar Nagar and the old city area of temple city is another catastrophe-in-waiting as houses built on hillocks having weak foundation can spell disaster as thousands of people live in the area unconcerned about the consequences and peril they are in.
People have constructed two to three-storeyed buildings without taking into consideration the strength and quality of the plinth and total disregard to the condition of hills which are constantly being eroded due to destruction of trees and vegetation to construct concrete structures.
“The foundation of most of the hills is very weak and one gets jitters looking at the construction of houses on the entire stretch from the Gujjar Nagar bridge to Panjtirthi,” said Bushan Parimoo, an environmentalist.
In 2011, heavy rain had damaged Circular Road after landslides had destroyed its several stretches. At that time, the administration had announced that it would take preventive steps in the area and come down heavily on unauthorised constructions but not much was done in this regard.
-Corrupt officials and political pressure have forced the civil administration to turn a blind eye towards illegal encroachments on river banks, which has wreaked havoc in the state
-The land along the fourth bridge on the Tawi, a portion of which got washed away, had become a haven for unauthorised colonisers, courtesy a few politicians, who had taken over land illegally, hoping to reap benefits
-The floods have exposed the “faulty” policies that have encouraged unlawful activities along the banks of rivers and rivulets in the Jammu regionCommentQuote0Flag
- Flood-hit illegal colonies being rebuilt
Tribune News Service
Jammu, September 14
The devastation by floods has been massive, leaving hundreds of houses damaged in Jammu city, but rather than taking steps to shift people and discourage construction again on the banks of the Tawi river, the government has started reconstructing infrastructure in illegal colonies.
Most of the houses damaged in Gorkha Nagar, Qasim Nagar, Bahu Fort, Kacca Talab and Pacca Talab of Bahu Fort, Karayni Talab, Doongian, Sainik Colony, Vidyata Nagar, Gujjar colony and Beli Charana were constructed illegally on the banks of the river and in some cases, even the river bed has been taken over by the encroachers.
Recently, Minister for Revenue Raman Bhalla along with Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) commissioner Kiran Wattal surveyed the damaged residential colonies and directed the officials to start the repair of roads, power infrastructure and ensure provision of drinking water.
“Nobody is against providing relief to the affected families. They have suffered, but the government should discourage construction in illegal colonies. An investigation should be launched to find out who brought them there, knowing fully that it is a flood-prone area,” said a resident of Bagwati Nagar.
However, the government seems to be making half-hearted attempts to stop the the mafia. “We have asked people to avoid encroachment on the nallah land, saying such practices are dangerous for their properties. This will encourage them to vacate land voluntarily for the safety of their private property,” said the minister.
In recent years, the drive against illegal encroachments has become a lost battle, as pressure is being exerted not to evict people and whatever action has been taken is facing resistance.
Hundreds of acres of land worth crores of rupees transferred to the authority by the government is under illegal occupation of Gujjars and people who have migrated from other districts of the state, particularly from Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban and some areas of the Kashmir valley.CommentQuote0Flag
- After deluge, property rentals go beyond reach in Valley
Tribune News Service
Srinagar, September 28
With hundreds of people rendered homeless in the wake of worst floods in Srinagar city, the rates of rented accommodation have gone up and become unaffordable for the victims. The rented accommodations in the areas which were untouched by the floods have touched the sky. It has become difficult for poor families as winters are approaching and staying in tents on the roadside has become impossible.
“We cannot go back to our home as there are cracks in the walls and it can collapse anytime. Besides, the rates of rented accommodation have hit the roof and there are no shelter homes being provided by the government,” said Zahoor Ahmad, a resident of Mehjoor Nagar.
Muhammad Iqbal, 43, on whose house a tree fell during the floods is finding it hard to get a room for his family of four as the rents are as high as Rs 15,000 for a three-room set.
“We had a big house, but now we are on road. Finding a room has become difficult for us. We lost our business, our shelter everything. We can’t afford so much money,” he said, adding that the government has left people helpless.
There is a need to rehabilitate the population of worst-hit areas of Srinagar and plan for long-term rehabilitation of the affected populace.
Even after 20 days of floods, more than 40% of Srinagar city is still under water and residents are still ruing shortage of clean water, food, medicines and sanitation.
People living in tents are left with no resources and they have no idea on how to begin their journey of rebuilding their homes. They say they have not been able even to find a rented room. “Our family has lost everything - our home and whatever was lying there. I cannot think of building the house I am only thinking of survival. We are not even able to find a rented room,” said Farooq Ahmad, a resident of Kursu, Rajbagh, Srinagar.
With government agencies yet to complete the survey of damaged houses, there are no exact figures as to how many families have lost their homes. However, it is estimated that thousands of families in Srinagar are living without shelter.CommentQuote0Flag
- Pandits for new townships as part of rehab plan
Tribune News Service
Jammu, October 5
The displaced Kashmiri Pandits, residing at the Jagti tenement, on Saturday demanded building of “three big townships” near the Srinagar city for the rehabilitation of community in the Valley. They also sought adequate compensation for the loss of property in the last 25 years of turmoil in the Valley.
During a meeting of the Jagti Tenement Committee led by Shadi Lal Pandita, the community members said the government was “silent” over the migrants’ problems and reiterated their demand of permanent rehabilitation in the Valley.
Shadi Lal said the Pandit community has also suffered due to the recent floods in Kashmir and sought compensation for the lost incurred by them.
The body also emphasised the need to enhance the cash relief from existing Rs 6,600 to Rs 15,000 per month, besides seeking employment for the 10,000 Kashmiri Pandit youths living in exile.
It also said those migrant candidates who have studied only till class X be absorbed as class IV employees. The meeting further asked for conducting a police recruitment drive at Jagti.
During a meeting of the Jagti Tenement Committee led by Shadi Lal Pandita, the community members said the government was “silent” over the migrants’ problems and reiterated their demand of permanent rehabilitation in the Valley.CommentQuote0Flag
- Government planning India's longest 600 km expressway to connect Delhi and Katra
NEW DELHI: After announcing highway connectivity for four Hindu religious shrines (Char Dham) in Uttarakhand, the Narendra Modi government now proposes to build an expressway between New Delhi and Katra, the base for pilgrims going to the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi in Jammu & Kashmir.
The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is working on a plan to build the 600 km expressway, which would be India's longest. The expressway would pass through Haryana, Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir and would cost more than Rs 15,000 crore. "A consultant to study the feasibility of the project is being appointed. It will significantly improve connectivity between Delhi and Srinagar as a national highway is already being built between Jammu and Srinagar," a senior government official said.
Road transport & highways minister Nitin Gadkari confirmed to ET that his ministry was working on the plan.
Katra, which is at an elevation of 875 metres above sea level, is located 42 km from Jammu.The expressway will reduce road travel time between New Delhi and Katra to five-six hours from 11-12 hours. The project is likely to be built on a hybrid annuity model, under which 40% of the cost will be borne by the government. The government has approved plans for the construction of about 1,000 km of expressways at an estimated cost of Rs 16,680 crore. The approved corridors are Delhi-Chandigarh, Bengaluru-Chennai, Delhi-Jaipur, Delhi-Meerut, Kolkata-Dhanbad, Delhi-Agra and Vadodara-Mumbai. "It could be a hightraction project as the traffic flow, both private vehicles and freight, is good on the route," the official added.
The central government will hold meetings with the state governments of Punjab, Haryana and Jammu & Kashmir to discuss the alignment of the proposed expressway and which towns will be provided connectivity. "Since the BJP-led NDA is in power in all three states, land for the project should not be a problem for the government," the official added. The government is already working on a land pooling policy for expressway projects, where a portion of the land acquired from farmers will be returned to them after development.
Government planning India's longest 600 km expressway to connect Delhi and Katra - The Times of IndiaCommentQuote0Flag
- HC appoints two commissioners to check illegal construction around Dal
Srinagar, September 5
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has appointed two vigilance commissioners report encroachments around Srinagar’s famous Dal Lake to the court after Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) failed to check incursions in the area surrounding the water body.
"We are of the view that prevention of construction activity in Dal Lake and within 200 meters from the edge of Foreshore Road and other adjoining prohibited areas cannot be left exclusively to officers and the officials of LAWDA," a Division Bench of the High Court said in an order on Friday.
"We are of the view that two independent and impartial court Vigilance Commissioners, preferably having some experience with administration of justice and law enforcement, have to be appointed to regularly report any illegal constructions around the lake to the Court so that action is taken without any delay."
The Bench appointed former Srinagar Principal District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Shafi Khan and former Senior Superintendent of Police Abdul Hamid Bhat Vigilance Commissioners and directed to conduct checks in the area regularly — every day, if possible — and submit weekly reports to the Judicial Registrar.
They have also been directed to report any violation of rules in transporting of building material, earth filling, and releasing of untreated effluents into the lake.
Commissioners will be allotted offices in the LAWDA Complex and provided a steno typist as well as transport facilities such as motorboats for their work. They will be paid Rs 30,000 per month as honorarium by LAWDA.
The direction comes amid growing worries about the shrinking size of the lake, which the court attributes to the increasing encroachments in the area. — PTI
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- One year after flash floods, illegal construction continues along Tawi
Tribune News Service
Jammu, September 4
Even after one year of flash floods, nothing seems to have changed when it comes to removing encroachments along the Tawi in Jammu.
During September-2014 flash floods, several residential colonies constructed illegally along the river bank were damaged. The administration had promised to stop such activity.
Between September 3 and 6, 2014, heavy rainfall had led to massive flooding in the Tawi, which breached its banks and devastated several areas. Most of them were built in an illegal way during the last two decades when Jammu saw massive expansion due to influx of lakhs of people seeking refuge due to rise of insurgency in Kashmir.
The blatant violation of the Master Plan is with the active help of influential persons having close political links. So every effort made to stop the violation has been thwarted. On the banks of the Tawi near Bhagwati Nagar, Gujjar Nagar, Gorkha Nagar and Sidhra, several hundred structures are being raised.
“One can notice the innumerable newly raised concrete structures on that side of the Tawi, while the government is sleeping over the issue,” said Sameer Sharma, a government teacher.
The land along the fourth bridge, a portion of which got washed away last year, had become a haven for the unauthorised colonisers. In the past few years, houses and shopping complexes have come up on the river banks. “We don’t see any effort to stop violators and you can see open defiance by the people who are being settled deliberately. There should have been a campaign against them to save the city,” said Rohit Sharma, a university student.
During the past one decade, encroachment has taken place in a planned manner under the very nose of the administration. The Jammu Development Authority (JDA) is already fighting a losing battle to retrieve its land from encroachers.
Officials of the Municipal Corporation and Divisional Commissioner were not available for comments as they are involved in the relief efforts, but it has exposed the faulty policies which has encouraged unlawful activities along the banks of rivers and rivulets in the entire Jammu region.
Joint Commissioner (Administration), Municipal Corporation, RS Jamwal, while accepting that colonies have come up without any plan, said a sustained campaign with political will was needed. “People are now settled there and they cannot be evicted in one day. We have taken up measures so that action is taken against property dealers. People have to be shifted to some alternative place, which is a slow process,” said Jamwal.
Despite claims made by the government about acting against such constructions established on encroached land, which have mushroomed in the city during the past two decades, the Jammu Development Authority and Municipal Corporation are not showing keenness to act.
One year after flash floods, illegal construction continues along TawiCommentQuote0Flag
- Over 92 acres of forest land retrieved in Chenab Valley
Jammu, October 6
The State Forest department has retrieved over 92 acres of forest land from encroachers in three districts of Chenab Valley.
The land has been retrieved in Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts yesterday, an official spokesman said today.
The spokesman said that several structures that had been erected on the encroached land were also dismantled during the anti-encroachment drive.
He said cases were registered under the J&K Forest Act against those who had encroached upon the forest land.
The anti-encroachment drive will continue and the people have been advise to cooperate with the forest department and other concerned departments in retrieving the encroached land, the spokesman said. —PTI
Over 92 acres of forest land retrieved in Chenab ValleyCommentQuote0Flag