Srinagar: The government formed a three-member committee on Friday to monitor progress on the decisions taken at a Civil-Military Liaison conference last year, where the army had agreed to vacate within a specific time period the state land it has been illegally occupying.
Headed by the chief secretary, the panel has principal secretary Home and secretary Revenue as members.
“The committee shall monitor implementation of decisions taken in the Civil Military Liaison Conference held on 29 September 2015, and resolution of various issues particularly relating the Gulmarg, High Ground Anantnag, Tattoo Ground, Khurbathang-Kargil, Jammu Airport and University Campus Jammu as per the time lines fixed,” reads an order issued by the government.
In the meeting, chaired by former Chief Minister, late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, three months timeline had been set for the army to vacate the High Ground Anantnag. Four months have lapsed since but the army continues to occupy the land required by the civil administration for expansion of south campus of the University of Kashmir as well as developing a new housing colony to de-congest the Anantnag town.
Similarly, a three months’ deadline was set for the army to vacate the 139 acres of prime land at Tattoo ground, Batamaloo, which it has been occupying for decades despite having been allotted land at Sharifabad, where it long ago built the sprawling headquarters of its counterinsurgency force, Rashtriya Rifles, for north Kashmir, called Kilo Force.
Sayeed had called for “delinking the vacation of land from all other issues” to enable the government develop basic facilities at the Ground in the heart of the summer capital of the state in the interest of general public.
The 29-September meeting had also agreed to direct a high-level Committee, constituted to work out the modalities for transfer of the 175.64 acres of land under the unauthorized occupation of the army at Gulmarg, in lieu of the land to be exchanged for the Tattoo Ground.
In fact, the decision to constitute the panel was taken at the CML conference chaired by then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in November 2013.
The last CML conference had also taken decision regarding vacation of Lower Khurbathong by the Army in Kargil. Official sources said that Kargil town, LAHDC Kargil wants the land to develop a new housing colony in Lower Khurbathang to de-congest the town.
It had also decided to constitute a high-level committee of members from the army, air force and the Ladakh Hill Development Council, Kargil, for holding deliberations with the stakeholders and giving final recommendations to the state government within the “shortest possible time.”
Regarding the issue of 1,82,865 kanals of land with the army in Ladakh, it was decided that the army and the civil administration will reconcile figures so that further course of action could be initiated in the matter.