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  • #91

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    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






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    • #92

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      Residential areas in Srinagar turning into commercial hubs

      Srinagar, October 13

      Rampant construction in the aftermath of floods is fast turning residential areas in Srinagar into commercial hubs even as officials of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation maintained that action would be taken against the violators once the revised Master Plan was approved by the Cabinet.

      There has been widespread construction of unplanned colonies in many parts of the summer capital in violation of the Srinagar Master Plan.

      Residents alleged rampant construction of shopping malls and other commercial buildings in the flood-hit localities of the city. They said the Srinagar Master Plan was being violated right under the nose of the state government.

      The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) in March had started a demolition drive against offenders constructing buildings beyond the permissible limits. However, the trend has continued unabated.

      Most of the commercial buildings are being constructed in the Jawahar Nagar area of the city, one of the worst-hit localities during last year floods.

      “All the houses that fall on the main road have been converted into shops and commercial buildings…unfortunately, the government is not doing anything,” said one of the Jawahar Nagar residents.

      Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Housing and Urban Development Nirmal Singh said the government has laid comprehensive policy on the development of housing colonies.

      “The areas of Raj Bagh, Jawahar Nagar and Karan Nagar are being converted into commercial hubs. In 2013, the SMC had identified and sealed many structures in these areas. However, the then government enacted a law which provided moratorium on defaulters till March 2016,” Singh said.

      The minister said the existing Master Plan was under review and once the revised plan was approved by the Cabinet, further action would be taken against the violators.

      There is a boom in construction of malls and other commercial buildings in Srinagar and people have been seen constructing commercial structures in flood-hit areas like Raj Bagh, Gogji Bagh, Kursu, Wazirbagh and Karan Nagar in violation of the norms.










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      • #93

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        Swachh Bharat Abhiyan fails to improve sanitation in Jammu

        Tribune News Service
        Jammu, November 3

        Even after several campaigns launched by the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA), the city presents a “dirty look” as failure of the municipal bodies and poor civic sense among residents has turned the winter capital of J&K into a huge garbage dump. The hype and photo sessions during the campaigns launched by the Municipal Corporation have failed to make an impact on ground.

        The city already ranks 427th, lowest in India, when it comes to cleanliness, which exposes poor planning and lack of interest shown by the government bodies to coordinate their efforts to involve people in sanitation and take strict action against those who violate cleanliness rules.
        Jammu with an estimated population of 15 lakh people generates 400 tonnes of solid waste daily and half of it is not lifted due to manpower shortage and in the absence of suitable dumping ground. Further there is no regular removal of solid waste generated by eateries and restaurants spread across the city.

        “The money spent by the MC on media advertisements should be better utilised to engage more safai karamcharies and equipment. There is a need to impose fine on the people who dump their waste on roadsides. Addressing press conferences and rallies is not a solution,” said Sunil Sharma, a resident of Resham Ghar Colony.

        Heaps of garbage, stagnant water and blocked drains in every part of the city tell a tale of neglect and indifferent attitude of the authorities and residents, who dump the waste on roads without giving any consideration to the affect on the image of the city. The city, spread in an area of 117 sq km, is comprised of 71 wards, managed by the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC).

        Municipal Commissioner Mandeep Kour could not be contacted for comments.
        A senior municipal official said a week-long cleanliness drive would be launched across the state from November 12. Recently Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had also pointed towards the poor response to the cleanliness drive and its impact in the capital cities of the state.

        Heaps of garbage are everywhere in the city, especially the areas where Matadors, auto-rickshaws and private vehicles are parked.







        Swachh Bharat Abhiyan fails to improve sanitation in Jammu
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        • #94

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          JK minister asks agencies to settle NH issues within 10 days


          JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir minister for roads and buildings Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Thursday asked various executing agencies to settle all the land compensation issues within ten days for timely completion of four-laning of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

          During a meeting to review the progress of the four-laning of the highway here today, Bukhari asked the authorities of Revenue, R&B, Forest and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to settle all the land compensation issues within 10 days and handover the land to the executing agencies for timely completion of prestigious 4-laning of Jammu-Srinagar national highway.










          JK minister asks agencies to settle NH issues within 10 days - The Times of India
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          • #95

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            J&K govt retrieves over 45 acres of forest land in Kishtwar


            JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir government has retrieved over 45 acres of forest land from 73 encroachers in Kishtwar district and registered cases against them.

            "A total of 367.05 kanals (over 45 acres) of forest land encroached by 73 forest encroachers was retrieved in Kishtwar and cases against them were registered under relevant sections of the J&K Forest Act", a senior Forest department officer said.

            Officials of Kishtwar Forest Division had been carrying out a major operation against forest encroachers during the past few days.

            "Special teams were constituted under direct supervision of DFO (Divisional Forest Officer) Kishtwar for clearing forest encroachment in Kishtwar, Nagseni and Padder areas", he said.

            As many as 57 kanals of forest land was retrieved from encroachers in Patnazi, Nali, Kither and Binoon villages, the officer said, adding that 89 kanals of such land was retrieved in Piyas, Cherji and Bronth villages of Nagseni range.

            Similarly, 221.05 kanals of forest land was retrieved from encroachers in Garh and Hango-Haloti villages falling under Padder area of the district, he said.

            Around 1,344.31 kanals (168 acres) of encroached forest land has been retrieved in Kishtwar Forest Division falling in Kishtwar district from March 2015 till date.

            The forest officials have been organizing various awareness camps in different parts of the Kishtwar Forest Division against encroachments.








            J&K govt retrieves over 45 acres of forest land in Kishtwar - The Times of India
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            • #96

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              J&K govt retrieves over 45 acres of forest land in Kishtwar


              JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir government has retrieved over 45 acres of forest land from 73 encroachers in Kishtwar district and registered cases against them.

              "A total of 367.05 kanals (over 45 acres) of forest land encroached by 73 forest encroachers was retrieved in Kishtwar and cases against them were registered under relevant sections of the J&K Forest Act", a senior Forest department officer said.

              Officials of Kishtwar Forest Division had been carrying out a major operation against forest encroachers during the past few days.

              "Special teams were constituted under direct supervision of DFO (Divisional Forest Officer) Kishtwar for clearing forest encroachment in Kishtwar, Nagseni and Padder areas", he said.

              As many as 57 kanals of forest land was retrieved from encroachers in Patnazi, Nali, Kither and Binoon villages, the officer said, adding that 89 kanals of such land was retrieved in Piyas, Cherji and Bronth villages of Nagseni range.

              Similarly, 221.05 kanals of forest land was retrieved from encroachers in Garh and Hango-Haloti villages falling under Padder area of the district, he said.

              Around 1,344.31 kanals (168 acres) of encroached forest land has been retrieved in Kishtwar Forest Division falling in Kishtwar district from March 2015 till date.

              The forest officials have been organizing various awareness camps in different parts of the Kishtwar Forest Division against encroachments.








              J&K govt retrieves over 45 acres of forest land in Kishtwar - The Times of India
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              • #97

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                Rivers up for grabs, govt remains insensitive


                Tribune News Service
                Jammu, December 14
                More than a year has passed since the devastating floods in September 2014 ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, but the state government seems to have forgotten its promise to rein in unabated encroachment along rivers and other water bodies. This was a major reason for destruction which cost the state billions in infrastructure and around 300 precious lives.

                Despite the Water Resources Regulation Act providing executive powers to the authorities to act against the offenders, not much has been done to stop illegal construction. Rivers have been turned into a junkyard, illegal structures have been constructed and untreated sewage is directly disposed of in water bodies along their course.

                The state with some of the longest rivers in the Indian subcontinent — Indus in the Ladakh region, Jhelum in the Kashmir valley and Chenab and Tawi in the Jammu region — are being destroyed by pollution and land grabbers with active patronage of the politician-land mafia nexus during the past two decades. The worst scenario is faced by the Jhelum and Tawi, which snake through two capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar and are on the verge of collapse.

                The unprecedented devastation after the swollen rivers breached their banks, destroying thousands of homes and leaving a trail of destruction, did not bring any major policy shift within the government to stop organised destruction of water bodies despite warnings from environmentalists that Jammu and Kashmir might face the worst natural calamity in coming years if proper course correction of policies was not done.

                Land along the Jhelum in the Kashmir valley and the Tawi and Chenab in the Jammu region is being systematically taken over to establish housing colonies and other urban infrastructure, which has almost choked them.

                The same has happened on the banks of the mighty Chenab, which flows through Akhnoor, 25 km from Jammu, before entering Pakistan as villagers have taken over flood-prone land for agricultural purposes. This fact was accepted by the Centre for Science and Environment, which attributed the floods to a combination of unexpected weather pattern and unplanned urbanisation, leaving Jammu and Kashmir in ruins in which it was now.

                The sudden rise of water in the Jhelum, which criss-crosses the Kashmir valley, had caught the civic administration napping, inundated the beautiful ancient city and made a dent on the credibility of government departments. Similarly, flash floods in Jammu and border towns of Poonch and Rajouri wreaked havoc on public and private property.

                Plight of Tawi

                The destruction of residential structures along the Tawi, Chenab and Ujj in the Jammu region was revenge of nature against inaction of successive state governments which turned blind eye towards illegal construction since 1990, when Jammu saw massive influx of people from militancy hit districts.

                The city saw expansion from 32 sq km in 1990 to 117 sq km in 2014, which mainly included land along the Tawi and seasonal rivulets on the outskirts. A walk along the riverbed is all the evidence one needs to know the state of the river, which has its origins in the Himalayas near Seoj Dhar peak, Bhaderwah, Doda district.

                The mushrooming of illegal colonies stared from Nagrota, Sidhra, Panjthirthi, Circular Road, Gujjar Nagar, Jogi Gate, Bhagwati Nagar and Beli Charana down to several villages till the river moves into Pakistan. The active patronage of politicians and corrupt civic officials of the Jammu Municipal Corporation, Jammu Development Authority and Housing Board has ensured that the land mafia violates the river with impunity considered sacred by Dogras.

                It is a depressing fact that as so far only 1,721 kanals has been recovered from occupiers while thousands is still under illegal possession. Land along the fourth bridge on the Tawi, a portion of which got washed away, had become a haven for unauthorised colonisers. In past few years, houses and shopping complexes have come up on the river bank.

                “We have approached the district administration and ministers to tackle the issue of encroachment, but so far, not much has been done. The illegal construction is still going on and people from other districts of the state are being settled along the river,” said Ashwani Sharma, president, Tawi Bachao Andolan.

                In 2011, major rain had damaged the Circular Road after landslides destroyed several stretches. At that time, the administration had announced that it would take preventive steps in the area and come down heavily on unauthorised houses, but it remained a political rhetoric.

                Agony of Jhelum
                Srinagar, named after Hindu goddess Lakshmi, once known for its lakes and marshes, has now turned into a concrete jungle, making it vulnerable to floods, a fact admitted by the state government admitted after the September 2014 floods.

                Encroachment started in the late 1960s when new colonies were established on fertile agricultural fields and marshes which came to be known as Shivpora, Indira Nagar, Sanat Nagar and Rawalpora, which got inundated in the floods last year.

                The construction of illegal structures, including residential houses, continues on the banks of the river near Khanabal bridge in Anantnag, Bijbehara, Sangam, Kakpora, Samboora and Padhgampura and Pantha chowk and towards Srinagar till it merges with Wullar Lake in Bandipora district.

                “The banks of the 165-km Jhelum, also called Vitasta, have been taken over in recent decades, which has vastly reduced the river’s drainage capacity, leaving little space for water to move,” said Bushan Parimoo, an environmentalist.

                Since 1947, 50 per cent of water bodies within the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir have been converted into residential and commercial places. In the last two decades, militancy weakened the hold of the civil administration, allowing grabbers to convert large chunks into commercial and residential areas.

                However, Minister for Irrigation and Flood Control, Choudhary Sukhnandan Kumar said the fight against encroachment was a long battle. “Decades of neglect and greed cannot be corrected in one year. We have a long-term flood management plan which will be implemented in phases. We had sought Rs 400 crore to make a spill channel to divert the Jhelum waters. Funds from regular plans are being used for protection work in Jammu,” he said.










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                • #98

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                  High court bans construction work in Gulmarg ski resort


                  Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir High Court has banned all constructions in famous ski resort at Gulmarg in North Kashmir and directed the state government to transfer a Gulmarg Development Authority official for failing to check illegal activities.

                  A Division Bench comprising Justices M H Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey yesterday directed the authorities to ensure that all construction activities in Gulmarg be stopped and vehicles carrying construction material to the resort be seized.

                  The court order banning construction and transportation of construction material came following reports of large scale illegal construction in the garb of minor repairs and without proper permission from the authorities.

                  "Deputy Commissioner as also Senior Superintendent of Police Baramulla and Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA) shall forthwith enforce the above direction and ensure no construction activities is undertaken at Gulmarg till further orders from the court," the bench said.

                  The court order came in the wake of serious allegations made in a report which prima facie indicated grave irregularities committed in allowing the people to renovate and repair their structures.

                  Also, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah last week had tweeted that illegal constructions were taking place under the garb of minor repairs in the famous tourist resort in Gulmarg.

                  The bench also directed the authorities to seal the structures where construction activities are not stopped forthwith.

                  "That no building material or constructional material shall be transported to the Ski resort till further orders from the court," the court said.

                  Observing that the situation which has arisen in and around the famous Ski resort by allowing the construction activities without proper permission, the bench also directed to transfer a GDA Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) immediately.

                  "We deem it proper to ask the Government to immediately shift the AEE posted in GDA and post another person in his place. We expect that order in this behalf be passed in weeks time," the court said.










                  High court bans construction work in Gulmarg ski resort - The Times of India
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                  • #99

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                    HC dissatisfied with govt report on encroachments near Jhelum


                    Tribune News Service
                    Srinagar, December 22

                    To free the Jhelum banks from illegal encroachments, the authorities concerned have so far felled 1.86 lakh trees and removed over 600 structures from south Kashmir up to the Line of Control in Uri, where the river leaves the Valley.

                    This was revealed today by the Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control, in his compliance report to the High Court, which is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking removal of encroachments around water bodies of Kashmir.

                    However, after the perusal of the compliance report, a division bench of the court said that it was not satisfied with the report.

                    “The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and Chief Engineer (I&FC) appear to have made a very casual exercise of submitting compliance that is based on a report submitted by the Executive Engineers. There is nothing on record to suggest that these authorities have actually made any effort towards implementation of the court directions,” a division bench of the High Court observed in its orders today while asking these authorities to “come up with a requisite compliance report by or before the next date and in default of doing so, shall remain in present”.

                    The court also directed all deputy commissioners to provide information with regard to the original width of the Jhelum and number of encroachments by the next date or be present in the court in case of default.

                    In its earlier direction on November 26, the court had asked all “deputy commissioners and the Chief Engineer (Irrigation and Flood Control) to file the latest status report about the removal of encroachments from the banks of the Jhelum. The court in its previous directions had sought details of the original width of the Jhelum through its entire course in Kashmir from the deputy commissioners, which so far have not been furnished.

                    “The answering department (I&FC) has prior to the passing of order dated 26/11/2015 removed 14,0942 tress along with 301 different types of structures from and around the banks of the Jhelum,” Chief Engineer Javed Jaffer told the court in his fresh compliance report.

                    “Continuing with the implementation of the court directions, the respondent department, post filing of the previous compliance report, has removed 697 encroachments in the shape of boundary walls, kutcha structures and pucca structures and 1,86,543 trees from and around the banks of the Jhelum,” Jaffer informed the court.

                    The Chief Engineer also told the court that soon after the November 26 court orders, all the Executive Engineers concerned were directed to accelerate the process of demolition of encroachments from and around the Jhelum banks.

                    Besides, during a meeting on December 12, 2015, the Executive Engineers were also directed to get the demarcation process of the Jhelum completed through the revenue authorities within their respective territorial jurisdiction.








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                      CAG raps JDA for failing to retrieve prime properties in Jammu

                      The CAG said the government had on June 2015 stated that land would be disposed off after the settlement of court cases, it, however, said that was not done.
                      PTI | Jul 21, 2016, 04.30 PM IST

                      JAMMU: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has rapped Jammu Development Authority (JDA) for failing to retrieve Rs 147 crore prime properties, including allotment of Rs 116 crore land to a non-state subject in Jammu, during last 14 years.

                      "The authority has not taken sufficient steps towards legal remedy for retrieval of the plots at prime locations valuing Rs 146 crores in Jammu," the CAG in its report for the year 2015 said.

                      The report said audit noticed instances of, "faulty allotment of plots to non-state subjects in violation of Jammu and Kashmir Land Grants Act, handing over possession to allottees without execution of lease deeds and delayed action in cancellation of allotments for default in payment of premium, resulting in litigation and consequent blockage of properties at prime locations valuing Rs 146.96 crores."

                      The CAG said the government had on June 2015 stated that land would be disposed off after the settlement of court cases, it, however, said that was not done.

                      "The reply was not acceptable as adhocism and delayed actions by the JDA had invited litigation," it said.

                      "The legal section of JDA is virtually defunct as it is headed by a legal assistant-non-gazetted official for over a decade," the report mentioned.

                      The CAG pointed out that 283 kanals of "prime land" worth Rs 116 crores was given to the non-state subject trustees of Shree Yog Vedanta Samiti (SYVS) at Bagwati Nagar in Jammu city in 2005.

                      "No legal action was taken by JDA against the construction of residential flats and encroachment of excess land in violation of the trust deed," the report said.

                      "The cancellation notice, issued on August 2014 belatedly by the authority in the court, was ordered to maintain status quo," it said, adding legal section of by JDA failed to make any headway since 2014.






                      CAG raps JDA for failing to retrieve prime properties in Jammu | ET RealEstate
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