Sealing of illegal buildings suspended for Ansari’s visit

Jammu: Government Friday suspended sealing of illegal structures in Katra town in Reasi in view of Vice-President Hamid Ansari’s visit to the Shri Mata Vaishnodevi University tomorrow.
The sealing drive will continue, but has been suspended for today in view of the visit of Vice-President of India to the area, Reasi District Development Commissioner, Dr Shahid Iqbal told PTI.
Yesterday authorities had sealed nine illegal structures in Katra town, the base camp of Mata Vaishnodevi cave shrine, under directions of the High Court, he said.
Led by Katra Development Authority (KDA) CEO, Rajinder Singh, teams assisted by large number of policemen sealed the buildings in the town amid resistance from the business community.
In its directions dated December 31, 2013, a Division Bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Hasnain Massodi had directed the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu and Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, to seal all the illegally constructed buildings in Katra.
The state government has identified 69 buildings as illegal under the directions of the High Court.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday briefed Vice-President Hamid Ansari on the development scenario in the state.
Omar also highlighted the initiatives taken by the coalition government to empower people, bring transparency in the functioning of administration during the meeting, an official spokesman said.
He detailed the schemes initiated for the upliftment of weaker sections and those living in far-flung and remote areas of the state, the spokesman said.
The Chief Minister wished well-being and good health to the Vice-President which he reciprocated and prayed for peace and development of the state.
Ansari, who arrived here today to deliver valedictory lecture at the concluding function of 101st Indian Science Congress, was received at the Jammu airport by Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and other state dignitaries.