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  • #71


    Re : RE News Jammu amp Kashmir

    Attach properties of top municipal official: HC

    Tribune News Service

    Srinagar, November 21
    Observing that the violations of the Srinagar Master Plan have taken place with the connivance of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), the J&K High Court today directed the authorities concerned to attach the properties of the Chief Enforcement Officer of the corporation.

    It has also directed the Joint Commissioner of the Enforcement Wing of the SMC to furnish an affidavit and an undertaking about his property details within five days. It asked persons affected by the SMC sealing drive to prefer appeals before the tribunal.

    The orders were issued today by a High Court bench comprising Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magray while hearing a public interest litigation, seeking action against illegal constructions and structures falling within the Srinagar city limits.

    On November 12, the High Court had directed officials of the Enforcement Wing, including the Joint Commissioner and the Chief Enforcement Officer, to furnish property details registered in their names and in the names of their respective spouses and children by November 21.

    In compliance with the directions, the SMC counsel today submitted the affidavits and undertakings of 95 officials of the SMC, including the Chief Enforcement Officer, Hakim Ajaz Ali. But the property details of the SMC Joint Commissioner were not submitted. After perusal of the affidavits and the undertakings mentioning the property details of the SMC officials, the court took a note of the fact that the Chief Enforcement Officer had not given the revenue records of some of his properties.

    This prompted the Bench to direct the Deputy Commissioner (DC) concerned to take charge of Hakim Ajz Ali’s properties as mentioned in the affidavit. The bench further directed the DC concerned to report compliance of the court orders to the registrar judicial of the High Court after handing over the custody of the attached properties to the tehsildar concerned.

    The court told the SMC to issue notices in the cases where notices have not been issues so as to enable the affected parties to approach the tribunal or other statutory bodies with appeals within seven days.

    It directed the tribunal to take the appeals and the cases on a day-to-day basis and decide the matters preferably within 10 days keeping in view the urgency of the matter.

    The SMC has so for sealed 42 structures in the Srinagar city for violating the master plan and other norms. Besides, the government has informed the court that over the years, over 3,000 violations of the Srinagar Master Plan have been reported.

    The matter has been posted for further consideration on November 28.

    Court raps Bar president

    During the course of hearing of a PIL on Thursday, the High Court took exceptions to certain submissions by Bar president Mian Qayoom. He appeared before the bench praying for de-sealing of a structure belonging to one of his clients. During the arguments, Qayoom submitted that the structures which were under scrutiny for violating certain norms haven’t come overnight. “These structures have come up over the last 15 years in daytime, not overnight. Everybody has seen these structures come up, even the judges of the High Court,” Qayoom said. However, Justice Muzaffar Attar observed that being a senior lawyer, he (Qayoom) should be serious in his submissions. “Please be serious, you are making submissions before the court of law. We (the judges) have not seen it (structures coming up). You must have seen it,” Justice Attar observed while taking exception to Qayoom’s submissions. Qayoom pleaded that the High Court should legalise the violations on the pattern of Delhi, where, he said, over 200 illegal colonies had been regularised. “The court is not going to legalise any illegal act,” Justice Muzaffar Attar said.
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    • #72


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      HC tells state to submit draft rules for approval

      Tribune News Service

      Srinagar, November 24
      The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the authorities concerned to submit drafted minor mineral and quarrying rules for approval so as to have a comprehensive government policy on quarrying operations in the state.

      It has also directed the Commissioner Secretary, Industry and Commerce, and the department to file a report indicating as to whether the extraction of stones from proprietary or barren lands was permitted.

      The directions were passed by a division bench of the High Court comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar on Thursday in a public interest litigation (PIL) by Sofi Arif, seeking a ban on illegal quarrying in the forests.

      Quarrying operations in forest areas of the state have already been banned by the High Court.

      In April this year, the court had directed all Deputy Commissioners to ensure strict implementation of its orders on illegal quarrying in the forests across the state and had made it clear that any laxity to implement its directions in letter and spirit would be viewed seriously.

      “The Commissioner Secretary, Industries and Commerce, in his affidavit, has stated that quarrying has not been stopped on private, barren land except in some cases where slope stability was involved and landslides were detrimental to the nearby population or roads,” the bench observed in its orders made available yesterday.

      The Commissioner Secretary, the court said, had also submitted in his affidavit that at present, the extraction of stones from private/barren lands was being permitted, which met the demands of construction works and provided jobs to quarry owners, labourers and transporters.

      The Commissioner had also suggested that the Forest Department be asked to identify any barren area within the forest lands for rehabilitating the quarrying owners effected by closing down of their quarrying operation in the forest areas. However, the court took exception to the suggestion by the Commissioner/Secretary, saying, “any positive response by the Forest Department will run contrary to the judgment of the Apex court”, which has banned quarrying operations in forest areas.

      “Some parameters have to be adopted in compliance with the judgment of the Apex Court, titled Deepak Kumar versus State of Haryana… the relevant rules for quarrying and other minor mineral activities have been revised and updated after having concurrence from forest, irrigation, flood control, revenue and fisheries departments. The General Administrative Department has submitted (these) draft rules to the Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs for vetting,” the bench observed in its orders while quoting from the status report of the Commissioner/Secretary, adding that “the rules shall be thereafter submitted for approval so as to have a government policy on all types of land where such activities can continue.”

      To check illegal quarrying in the forest areas, the state government has drafted minor mineral rules that have been submitted to the Law Department after receiving objections from all departments concerned. “The Commissioner Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department, shall file latest status report, wherein it shall be clearly indicated as to whether the extraction of stones is permitted from private, proprietary/barren lands or otherwise. In addition, latest status of the finalisation of the rules, if any, formulated by the government, shall also be filed,” the HC directed in its orders.
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      • #73


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        Centre tells J&K Govt to speed up installation of water meters

        Threatens to stop funds for improving water distribution network in Jammu, Srinagar cities
        Sumit Hakhoo
        Tribune News Service

        Jammu, November 26
        The Central Government has asked the Jammu and Kashmir Government to speed up the installation of water meters on domestic and commercial connections or it will stop the crucial funds for improving water distribution network in the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar.

        Jammu and Kashmir is waiting for money under Centrally sponsored schemes of the Urban Infrastructure Development in Small and Medium Towns (UIDSMT) and Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). Sources said the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department was now seeking approval from the government to outsource the installation of water meters to complete the project on the fast-track basis.

        As per the government data, there are 1,21,814 water connections in the city, of which 78,970 are in the City Division-I and 42,844 in the City Division-II. There are 13,549 commercial connections with 12,092 in the City Division-I and 1457 in the City Division-II, which have been identified for the first phase.

        Though the project was started in 2010 and was expected to be completed within a year, but opposition from various sections of the population and commercial establishments delayed its completion.

        So far only 2,000 meters have been installed in commercial establishments like hotels, lodges, restaurants, educational institutions, while no residential colony has been covered.

        As per the data, the department was presently providing nearly 42 MGL of water per day to the population of over 15 lakh in Jammu city. The net requirement of potable water for this population is 45 MGL per day. So, 3 MGL of water shortage is still there.

        While confirming the directive of the Centre, Commissioner Secretary, (PHE), Pawan Kotwal said the Union Government had passed directions to lower the non-revenue water expenditure and check wastage. “The Centre has strongly termed the wastage of water non-acceptable and to asked to ensure that drinking water is not misused. We hope to complete the project in the coming months. Many new schemes are being considered to check the wastage of water,” Pawan Kotwal said.

        In most parts of the urban areas of the state, people are facing shortage of water during the summer and most parts of winter, with some localities getting the supply after two to three days. The main reason is the wastage of water by domestic and commercial users.

        Despite having thousands of glacier-fed rivers and streams, in recent years Jammu and Kashmir had faced the affect of global warming, mainly due to over-exploitation of the water bodies.

        The statistics

        -There are 1,21,814 water connections in the city, of which 78,970 are in the City Division-I and 42,844 in the City Division-II
        -There are 13,549 commercial connections — 12,092 in the City Division-I and 1,457 in the City Division-II — which have been identified for the first phase
        -So far only 2,000 meters have been installed in commercial establishments like hotels, lodges, restaurants, educational institutions, while no residential colony has been covered
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        • #74


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          By 2031, Purmandal-Akhnoor area may come within city municipal limits

          Tribune News Service

          Jammu, November 29
          "Going by the rapid influx of people into Jammu and Kashmir, by 2031 area starting from Purmandal in Samba district till Akhnoor subdivision would be brought under the limits of the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC)," Jammu Development Authority (JDA) officials said.

          The officials said keeping in view the geographical constraints, expansion had to be done in a horizontal way, which means northern and southern expansion, incorporating villages from Akhnoor, Nagrota towards Vijaypur along the national highway into the MC limits and the total area of city expanding to 530 sq km from the present 117 sq km.

          At the moment the municipal limits end at Kunjwani chowk, Bantalab, Tomal Borhi and Munshi Chak, while the old city has no scope for further expansion.

          Though the new Master Plan is being prepared to deal with the challenge, but it could mean investment of crores of rupees to provide civic amenities to such an expanding city, which is beyond the realms of the state government and need massive investment by the private sector.

          “Our worry is how the state would manage funds and work commitment when even small infrastructure development projects are being delayed for years. A large chunk of agriculture land will be gobbled by the expanding population. Till now Purmendal and major part of Akhnoor are considered a rural area,” said a senior official from the Jammu Development Authority (JDA).

          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, earlier comprising of 23 wards, was divided into 48 wards and 23 new wards were added to it thus raising the total number of wards to 71, which are being managed by the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC). Major projects are being looked after by the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) and Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA).

          Minister for Urban Development Nawang Rigzin Jora said the government had already announced the public-private partnership (PPP) mode for major projects to involve the private sector in them. “In the new Master Plan under formulation, everything will be taken care of. There is need to keep a balance between environment, development, modern transport, sanitation and drinking water need.”

          The first Master Plan was prepared for the period 1974-1994. Thereafter, Master Plan-2021 was notified in 2004 for planned development for 20 years up to 2021, which is presently operational.
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          • #75


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            NH expansion takes toll on health, ecology

            Tribune News Service

            Jammu, December 19
            The expansion of the 400-km Pathankot-Jammu-Srinagar national highway would provide a jerk-free travel to Kashmir, but it has cost heavily upon the local ecology as the crushers and mixers which churn out material for roads generate tonnes of dust daily.

            Though the state government had taken action against 688 privately owned stone crushers, no action was taken against some of the big units established by the National Highways Authority of India and AFCONS, which is working on the four-laning of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

            According to the data collected by the State Pollution Control Board, suspended particulate matter and respiratory suspended particulate matter have witnessed a steep rise in the past two decades, crossing the limits suggested as safe by health experts.

            Officials said the dust generated as a result of site clearing and grading, heavy machinery travelling over exposed soils, truck traffic and the production of construction materials at borrow pits and off-site quarries.

            Smog and high level of dust in air has now become a major environment and health challenge.

            Airborne suspended particulate matter is an important marker of air quality.

            The particulate matter includes organic and inorganic matter, nitrogen and sulphur compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heavy metals.

            Chairman of the Pollution Control Board (PCB) Arun Tikku said this was a complex issue and the companies had been told to minimise air pollution and damage to the green cover.

            “When it comes to big Centrally sponsored projects, there are some guidelines which the construction companies have to follow, which include establishing their units outside the population centres. For these projects, there is always a possibility of some environment issue,” the PCB chairman said.

            Construction activities have the potential to generate a substantial amount of air pollution which is detrimental to plant growth and the health of local inhabitants. Environmentalists say that there is a provision of sprinkling water near the construction sites so that dust settles down but the contractors don’t do it just to make money.

            “In recent years, suspended particles in air have increased due to the vehicular traffic and the dust generated by the construction activity and big crushers established outside Jammu near the forests. It has become a major cause for respiratory diseases and burning eye symptoms among the labourers and commuters,” said Bushan Parimoo, an environmentalist, who runs a NGO.
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            • #76


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              Power theft: 26,077 illegal connections active in Jammu

              Last year, government found 34,753 defaulters across the state

              Jammu, December 19
              Illegal power connections continue to be a major headache for the Power Development Department (PDD) as during this year, 26,077 unregistered connections have been identified by the field staff in Jammu and other towns of the region.

              After imposing fine on defaulters, they have been regularised, but the figures clearly show the extent of power theft going on in state particularly in Jammu and Srinagar.

              Notices under Section 50 of J&K Electricity Act were issued recently to consumers having arrears above Rs 10 lakh with warning to either pay the bills or face disconnection.

              A survey revealed that in some areas inhabited by businessmen and politicians, the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) losses have increased to 80%, with most of them not paying regular tariffs amounting to lakhs of rupees, leading to shortcoming in revenue targets, forcing government to divert money from developmental funds to purchase power from Northern grid.

              In the past few years, Jammu and Kashmir has spent crores in improving the power sector in state, but to some extent these measures have failed to curb losses, because government departments, ministers, MLAs are themselves major defaulters.

              Last year, the government had found 34,753 illegal connections across the state.

              “Even in metered areas, we found that consumers are bypassing the meters and running their electronic gadgets. At some places there is active support of PDD staff as well, who are helping people,” said a senior officer requesting anonymity. Since 2004, when the state started a massive project to streamline the power sector in J&K, several steps have been taken to curb power loss, but it has failed to bear fruits. “This is another experiment being done by the department, but its outcome depends on the sincerity of officials involved because so far all measures taken in this direction have failed to produce optimum results,” an official source said.

              Cracking the whip

              -After imposing fine on defaulters, they were regularised, but figures points out the extent of power theft in the state, particularly in Jammu and Srinagar
              -Notices were also issued recently to consumers with arrears above Rs 10 lakh. They were warned to either pay up or face disconnection
              -Since 2004, when a massive project to streamline the power sector in J&K was started, steps were taken to curb power loss, but it has failed to bear fruit
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              • #77


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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 / cell No. +91-9820279349


                • #78


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                  Dear Arifa, I am looking for a house in Gandhi Nagar, please share details of ur house on / +91-9820279349

                  Originally posted by arifa View Post
                  Hello 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).


                  • #79


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                    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.
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                      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.
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