PDAs demolition drive continues


ANANTNAG: Continuing its demolition drive, Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) on Sunday razed to ground several illegal structures in different areas of its jurisdiction.
The demolition squad of the PDA led by its chief executive officer (CEO) bulldozed two huge under-construction hotels at Rangwar. The structures were illegally coming up in the ecologically fragile area and were near completion, reports said.
The squad also demolished an illegal structure near Sadu Top. PDP’s CEO, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, said they had already served notices to the people who were constructing these structures in violation of the High Court directives.
“We had given them three days for demolition of the illegal structures on their own. Since they ignored our warning a team of PDA accompanied by police rushed to the area and demolished all the three structures,” Bhat told Kashmir Reader.
He said they have demolished almost all the illegal huts and guest houses which had been constructed in different areas of PDA jurisdiction during floods and elections.
“We have demolished more than a dozen illegal structures in Yanner, Rangward, Chane Haji and main Pahalgam in last couple of weeks. My Khilafwarzi officer is on the job to identify other structures having been constructed illegally by the locals and outsiders taking undue advantage of our busy schedule with the elections,” Bhat said.
He denied the allegations that some PDA officials are facilitating the entry of construction material in Pahalgam during the night hours.