It’s official: Army occupies 2,500 kanals of land in Gulmarg

JAMMU:  Nearly 2,500 kanals of land are under occupation of Indian Army in Gulmarg tourist resort, out of which 1,400 kanals have been illegally occupied, the government said Monday.
According to Minister of State for Home, Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo, 2445.12 kanals (305.64 acres) of land is under the occupation of Army in Gulmarg and Botapathri areas, out of which 1040 kanals are ‘authorised’ and 1405.12 kanals under ‘unauthorised’ occupation.
Replying to a question by PDP’s MLC Naeem Akhtar Andrabi, Kitchloo told the Legislative Council that there was no proposal for allotment of more land to Defence Ministry, government of India in Afarwath area of Gulmarg for construction of concrete road from Gulmarg to Afarwath peak.
Kitchloo said a high-level committee has been constituted (vide government order no. 136-GAD of 2014, dated February 3, 2014), to work out the modalities for transfer of 175.64 acres of land which is under the ‘authorised’ occupation of Army at Gulmarg, in lieu of the land to be exchanged for Tattoo Ground, Batamaloo.
He said that pursuant to administrative council decision number 139, dated November 22, 1991, 130 acres (1040 kanals)of land at Gulmarg has been transferred to Army by the state Tourism Department “subject to certain terms and conditions.”