Would approach the court, if needed: KCCI over Zakura land transfer to CRPF

The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry expressed
concern at the decision of the Governor’s administration to lease out 60 kanals
of industrial land to the CRPF in Zakura.

A spokesperson of the KCC&I stated that the business
community of the State was suffering due to the non-availability of land.
“The KCC&I is on record to have asked the Government, time and again,
to retrieve land wasted under the occupation of Government Public Sector
Undertakings (PSU’s) and make the same available for industrial/commercial
use,” he said, in a statement.

“It was surprising that instead the Government had
recently announced that it was in the process of identification of land for
creation of small Satellite Industrial Estates of around 40 kanals, whereas huge
chunks of prime industrial land were being converted into camps and residential
quarters for security forces.”

The spokesman said that already more than 300 kanals of land
belonging to the Zainakote Industrial Estate was transferred to different wings
of the State and Central Security Forces. This land was retrieved from the
erstwhile Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) group in the year 2017.

He said the decision also ignores the objections raised by
City Planners in the just notified Master Plan- 2035 for the Srinagar
Metropolitan Region. “It would be pertinent to reproduce portions of Para
7.6 of Page 69 of the Plan which read as, ‘As per the existing land use, the
defence use is spread over an area of 23.0 Sq km. Including many military and
paramilitary establishments. The widespread existence of military and
paramilitary establishments across Srinagar has actually surpassed its area
under public infrastructure. The statistics reveal that there is more area
occupied by defence use than the area used for the development of District,
Divisional and State level public and semi-public infrastructure. The
indiscriminate dispersal of defence establishments in every nook and corner of
the city including the civilian areas is construed as a major impediment in
city development. Adopting the guidelines of the Ministry of Defense, the
situation will become more grim causing undesirable strain on urban
infrastructure’.”

The spokesman said that the KCC&I would also be
considering approaching the High Court, if needed, in this regard.

-GK

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