SRINAGAR: Illegal construction has again sprouted on the land allotted to Government College Nawakadal at Eidgah for the construction of new college campus.
Residents of Eidgah complain that some residents of Shalimar Colony near Eidgah have clandestinely constructed certain properties and encroached the college land.
In a government order (No: Rev(s) 41 of 2007 dated 5-02-2007) government allotted 65 kanals of land near Firdous Colony in Eidgah to the college, but encroachment by some residents has hampered the construction time and again.
The college is the only institution of higher education in Srinagar exclusively for female students. The college has been operating out of two buildings ever since it opened – a third one was constructed few years ago. But the management has been complaining of shortage of space and students complain that their classes are scheduled in different places every next week.
Jammu and Kashmir’s revenue department said that the extra space was allotted to college to avoid shortage of space. Funds for the fencing of land were released long ago but the construction is yet to take off. The process of land filling for encroachment, however, started some months ago and has been going at a steady pace.
“The earth filling is a continuous process. Sometimes officials come and stop the encroachers, but the process restarts after a while. Many a times you can see labourers work there,” said Shazia Gani, a resident of Eidgah.
Residents said that encroachers take advantage of the uncertain situation in Srinagar. “The encroachers might have greased the palms of the government officials. They keep on constructing new houses after every demolition drive,” said Aziz Ahmed, another resident.
Mohammad Ayoub of Eidgah said, “One of the houses that comes in the way of college was demolished twice and both the times people constructed it again.”
“We have official documents that we own the land. Officials often come here but where would we go unless we get some compensation. We have been asking them but they don’t pay heed,” said Shameema, whose house has been demolished twice.
While talking Kashmir reader, commissioner of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Shafqat Khan, said that the concerned department of government should to be approached for help. “We have not received any reports of encroachments from the concerned department. We will come into action, once we will be informed,” he said.