Contractors carve road through school premises in Pampore

Contractors carve road through school premises in Pampore
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Residents allege land mafia revenue officials nexus

PAMPORE: Land mafia in Lethpora village Tehsil of Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district has illegally carved a road through the government higher Secondary School Lethpora.
The principal of the higher secondary school Lethpora Nisar Ahmad Zargar told Kashmir Reader that he got the carving of a road through the premises of school stopped.
“But I am not sure they may not do again in future. I have conveyed it to higher authorities and they have assured to visit the school and sort out the matter,” he said.
He said that two or three years back Tehsildar Pampore had told him that the school possesses about 103 Kannals of land but the school has the actual position of only 20 kannals of land only.
“ I have communicated to higher authorities in revenue department about the issue but they did not reply. It is ironic that the revenue officials even did not pay any heed to visit the higher secondary school and assesses the situation on the ground,” he said, “Patwari of the village failed to demarcate land of the school.”
He also said that there is urgent need of demarcation of school land, “I cannot face these elements every time on my own. They have tried to harm me earlier as well and there is a possibility they will try to do it again,” he said.
Residents blamed the nexus between land mafia and revenue officials for the mess.
Chief Education Officer, Pulwama Mushtaq Ahmad Salroo told Kashmir Reader he was not in favour of the construction of higher secondary at the present place but gave up to the demands of villagers.
“It has been brought into my notice that a road is being carved at the behest of some contractor and would be stopped in coordination with the revenue department,” adding that he already has written to ADC Pulwama.
Meanwhile, Civil Society Pampore told Kashmir Reader that government should demarcate land when they lay foundation stones of some projects to avoid any future issues.
“So far we have seen that the revenue officials demarcate land arbitrarily and then allege encroachments,” said one of the members.
Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Ghulam Mohammad Dar told Kashmir Reader that he would not look into the matter.