Baramulla: A day after education minister Naeem Akhtar said that reports suggesting a proposed residential colony for retired soldiers is awaiting government nod, deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh said the government has no plan to build a Sainik Colony in the Valley.
Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Baramulla that “there are some elements, including separatists, who do not want peace and are therefore spreading such rumours.”
He said although there is a Sainik Colony in Jammu region, the government has no plan to construct another one in the Valley.
Kashmir Reader reported in the past week how a soldiers’ panel headed by governor NN Vohra has sent to the state home department for approval the proposal to allot plots of land to retired and serving soldiers in the Sainik Colony. While the panel has identified 173 kanals (21 acres) of land for the colony, it is however eyeing the entire stretch of 416 (52 acres) kanals of state land.
A home department source had told Kashmir Reader that both soldiers from the state and other parts of India will be allotted land.
The spokesmen of both parties, in their first reactions, had endorsed the KR stories. However, both had said that only the soldiers who are the state subjects will be allotted land in the proposed colony.