Srinagar – Nearly 2400 kanals of land is under the occupation of Indian Army in five villages of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district since 1990, the government said Tuesday.
Bulk of the land (991 kanals and 19 marlas) is situated at village Khiram, Doonipaw, and the Ministry of Defence, government of India, has accorded sanction to its regularization.
“However, the Defence Estates Officer, Kashmir, has requested for the early settlement of payment of rent to the land owners,” said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who also holds Home Ministry portfolio, in a written reply to the Assembly.
Another 1386 kanals and 15 marlas of land is under the Army at Nowgam, Kuthair/Pahloo, Sambroona and Khundroo, the Chief Minister said. It includes seven kanals at Nowgam , 376 kanals and 19 marlas at Kuthair/Pahloo, 301 kanals and 2 marlas at Sambroona, and 701 kanals and 14 marlas at Khundroo.
In August 207, the Khundroo ammunition depot of Army caught fire, spelling a doom on the villagers who had to leave their homes. At least 20 people died in the fire and its aftermath.
“The rent is being paid regularly by the Army as per the rates notified by the state government from time to time,” the Chief Minister said.
“Pertinently, the police headquarters have submitted a proposal for establishment of police sub-divisions, police stations and police posts in various districts of J&K. The proposal is under examination in the Home Department,” he said.