SRINAGAR, June 12: The High Court has asked the state government not to use or raise any construction in unbuilt land out of 15494 Kanals and 13 marlas in world famous tourist resort Gulmarag.
In a previous direction the court had asked commissioner secretary tourism department to inform the court about the total area of Gulmarag .
“He shall also indicate in the report as to how much area (as of now) was a built-up area,” the court had said even as it reiterated a direction to the authorities not to permit any construction in the Valley till the new master plan comes into existence.
The government today said that 2425 kanals out of 15494 Kanals and 13 marlas in Gulmarag is a built up area.
After perusing the affidavit filed by the government with regard to court’s direction in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking restoration of pristine glory of the famous tourist destination, the court asked the government to protect and preserve 179 Kanals and 19 marlas of land retrieved by the government from unauthorized occupation.
The court directed that the retrieved land shall not be dealt with in any manner whatsoever and be protected and preserved in present form.
In its affidavit the government has said that it has asked the chief town planner to provide two or three designs of ornamental fencing so that lessees shall fence their land on lease in currency within four weeks, the court has directed commissioner secretary tourism to ensure that the design of ornamental fencing is prepared within four weeks and fencing shall be raised within four weeks thereafter. “One design shall have a universal application and raising of fencing of more than one design shall not be permitted by the government,” the court directed.
Authorities concerned have said in their affidavit that the army is in an unauthorized possession of 175 acre, 5 kanals and 13 marlas of land in Gulmarag. The court has directed the commissioner secretary tourism to inform the court before next date of hearing as to what steps have been taken by the government in this behalf. The case has been listed for next hearing on July 23.
On June 4, the Court had directed Gulmarag Development Authority (GDA) to file affidavit on removal of encroachments from state land in the world famous tourist resort Gulmarag.
On April 11, 2014 the High Court had directed CEO GDA to retrieve land under illegal occupation of encroachers without any further delay and file a fresh compliance report.
2015 Kashmir Despatch