Govt panel, DC’s report dig out massive Gulmarg encroachments

Srinagar: There are as many as six organizations which have occupied hundreds of kanals of land for decades without a “valid permission” in Gulmarg, the world famous tourist destination in north Kashmir.
Besides, as many as 31 hotels have occupied land in excess to what was originally allotted to them on lease, and one of the prominent hotels includes Hotel Nedous of the ruling Abdullah family which occupies 101 kanals instead of 2 kanals allotted to it.
The details were revealed in a status report filed by Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA) based on physical measurement undertaken by a government committee constituted in May last year for the purpose, and “comprehensive” report filed Deputy Commissioner Baramulla to it.
According to the status report filed by GDA’s Chief Executive Officer before the J&K High Court, the six organizations, which are in possession of land with structures without any valid document, have been issued notice for eviction.
“Four out of six have responded and pleaded that they are in possession of the land for four decades and the area stands developed by them on the strength of permission granted to them by then Town Area Committee,” the status report said, without revealing the names as well as total land under their occupation.
Faced with the situation, the GDA has now sent the respective cases for legal opinion before finalizing action against them.
Similarly, GDA has issued eviction notices to 31 lease holders where the term of lease is live and lessees are in possession of excess land.
“11 out of them have not responded to the notices and those who replied have pleaded that they hold public land on the strength of orders from court”.
Those who have been issued notices include Umar Khaleel, of the Hotel Nedous Gulmarg who is possession of 101.4 kanals instead of 2 kanals, 3 marlas leased in his favour.
Others are Ghulam Qadir (Hotel Zum Zum Gulmarg) with 7 marlas excess land); S Tej Bahadur Singh (Hotel Affarwat)— 10 marlas; Sardar Amarjeet Singh (Pinnacle Resort Gulmarg)— 3marlas; Mohammad Afzal Khanday (Hotel Alpine Ridge)— 19 marlas; Ajaz Ahmad Murtaza (Rose Wood Hut Gulmarg)— 16 marlas; Shabir Ahmad Malik (Khilan Hut Gulmarg)— 12 marlas; Ghulam Ahmad Khanday (Falak Hut Gulmarg)— 3 marlas; Ali Mohammad Khanday (Hotel Florence Gulmarg)— 10 marlas; Dr M H Basu (Hotel OC Road Gulmarg)— 15 marlas; Ghulam Mohammad Qazi (Shanoo Lodge)— 1 kanal, 3 marlas; M/S Ali Shah (Hotel Vintage)— 1 marla; Haji Ahmad Shahdad and Sons (Hotel Welcome Gulmarg)— 4 marlas; S M Altaf (Hotel Poshwan)— 19 marlas; Qutub Din (Hotel Zehgeer)— 2 kanals, 11 marlas; Bakshi Bashir Ahmad (Hut No 11)— 9 marlas; Benji Nedous (Hotel High Lands)— 5 marlas; Qazi Nizam Ahmad (Hutson OC Road)— 2 kanals, 1 marla; Prithvi Nath (Prithvi Nath Hut)— 14 marlas; M/S Matoo Brothers (Hotel Khaleel Palace)— 12 marlas; Mohammad Abdullah (Hotel Pine Spring)— 3 kanals, 1 marla; Abdul Rashid (Hotel Shaw-In Gulmarg)— 1 kanal, 14 marlas; Mohammad Ibrahim (Hotel Green Heights Gulmarg)— 1 kanal, 12 marlas; Imtiyaz Ahmad Sofi (Hotel Hill Top Gulmarg)— 3 kanals, 7 marlas; M/s Enar Smith (Hotel Palace Platinum)— 7 kanal, 6 marlas; Mohammad Yasin (Lupin Resort)— 7 marlas; Abdul Hamid Dar (Hotel Mama Gulmarg)— 1 kanal, 1 marla; Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Khanday (Pride Resort)— 17 marlas; S Dinga Singh (Diethene Hut Gulmarg)— 2 kanal, 10 marlas; Sham Kak (Serendipity Hut)— 4 marlas; and Mansoor Ahmad (Falcon Hut)— 1 kanals and 2 marlas.
Of the 11 hotels which have not responded to the notices, the GDA has now issued orders for their eviction.
It has also issued notice to eight lease holders where term of lease has expired and lessees have failed to raise any construction. Apart from this, the GDA has also issued notices to nine lease holders where term of lease is live but the lessees have failed to raise any construction.
“No one among them has responded to the notices and appropriate action will follow sooner.”
The GDA has also sent eviction notice to Agriculture Department through its Director, the report added.