Army would hand over 212 acres of land held by it at Tatoo Ground, Srinagar and 456.60 kanals of land at HighGround, Anantnag to the state before March 31.
This is considered as an important development in the Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of demands by PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti for the formation of the government in the state with BJP.
Besides this, PDP also demanded revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from peaceful areas in Jammu and Kashmir as a confidence-building measure ahead of the formation of the government.
The decision was announced last night after a meeting between Governor N N Vohra and Lt Gen D S Hooda, GOC-in-C Northern Command.
An official of Jammu and Kashmir said:
“It was agreed that Northern Command of Army would hand over 16.30 acres of state land held by it adjoining the Campus of Jammu University, 212 acres of land held by it at Tatoo Grounds, Srinagar and 456.60 kanals of land at High Grounds, Anantnag and land held at lower Khurba Thang in Kargil, to J&K government.”
Governor N N Vohra and Lt Gen D S Hooda including other officials during a meeting in Raj Bhavan. risingkashmir
The spokesperson added that it was agreed that the land at the lower Plateau Khurba Thang would be taken over before March 31 when Chief Secretary visits Kargil as Chairman of the Committee, which was set up to deal with all Army Key Location Plan matters.
Vohra and Army Commander will jointly visit Tatoo Ground land before March 31 to discuss certain proposals regarding the utilisation of the land for creating a park, recreational facilities for youths etc.
The Governor has directed that the Committee headed by the Chief Secretary to visit Jammu University, Kargil and Anantnag to satisfy all formalities on the spot and take over the said sites. “Governor also reviewed other decisions and arrived at certain understandings with the Army Commander in regard to the location of HAWS in the Gulmarg Bowl,” reads an official statement.
However, former chief minister Omar Abdullah raised questions about the timing of the development.