Nine-member panel to oversee transfer of army-occupied land in J&K [%new%]
News Courtesy: Ashwini Kumar, India Today, February 6, 2014
In order to smoothly work out the modalities for transfer of land to the Army, the Jammu and Kashmir government has set up nine-member committee under the chairmanship of state Chief Secretary to look into the issues related to land held by the Army at Gulmarg, vacation of land at Tatoo ground and re-notification of Tosa Maidan Field Firing range.
Earlier on November 12, 2013, the state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had announced setting up of committee to re-examine the issue of short term extensions while chairing a civil military liaison meeting.
The committee will include Secretaries of Home, Forest, Revenue and Tourism departments as members. Representative of the Army’s Northern command (not below the rank of Major General) and Principal Director, Defence Estate Northern Command, Principal Chief conservator Forest Department and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir are also members of the committee which has been directed to submit its report in three months time.
According to official sources, “the Committee shall work out the modalities for transfer of 176 acres of land which is under the unauthorized occupation of Army at Gulmarg, in lieu of the land to be exchanged for Tattoa ground Batamallo.”
The committee, which will be headed by Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday, will also suggest viable options including short term lease and relocation of the Tosa Maidan field firing range