Will start recovery of leased property at Gulmarg this month, Govt tells court

Will start recovery of leased property at Gulmarg this month, Govt tells court
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SRINAGAR: The J&K high Court on Tuesday granted eight weeks to state government to file status report about recovery of leased property in Gulmarg after state counsel informed court that government would start the first phase of recovery of leased property by the end of this month.
The court was also informed that a meeting was scheduled with different stakeholders to discuss the renewal of expired lease agreements.
Hearing a PIL on preservation and protection of Gulmarg resort, the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe granted eight weeks to authorities to come up with their report on the issue.
On previous hearing the court had directed state authorities to place on affidavit their stand with regard to the recovery of the possession of the property where leases/licenses have expired.
“We shall also be informed in the affidavit about the manner in which such public property shall be dealt with. If the same is to be allowed to private persons, the procedure which would be followed for the same should be explained to us,” the division bench had directed.
The court had passed the direction after attention had been drawn to SRO 580 wherein the maximum period for which a lease could be granted was 40 years. “Obviously, no extension beyond this period is permissible,” the court had said.
The court had observed that it is trite that public property is held in public trust by the respondents and has to be dealt with in a non-arbitrary and transparent manner ensuring that public interest is best served.