STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Panel to Moot Alternative Sites for Camps, Firing Range

The Omar Abdullah Government in Jammu and Kashmir has set up a nine-member committee to work out the modalities for the transfer of land to the Army

Published: 04th February 2014 08:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th February 2014 08:54 AM   |  A+A-

ARMY

The Omar Abdullah Government in Jammu and Kashmir has set up a nine-member committee to work out the modalities for the transfer of land to the Army for relocation of two of its camps in Kashmir, besides suggesting options, including short-term lease and relocation of the Army firing and artillery range in the picturesque Tosa Maidan area in central Kashmir.

Secretary,General Administration Department, M A Bukhari said the state government had given its nod for constituting a panel to look into the issues related to the land held by the Army at Gulmarg in North Kashmir and vacating the Army camp at Tatoo Ground in Batamaloo.

The high-power panel consists of the Chief Secretary; Administrative Secretary, Home;  Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Principal Chief Conservator of Forests; Administrative Secretary, Revenue ; Administrative Secretary, Forest; Administrative Secretary, Tourism Department; representative of the Army’s Northern Command and Principal Director of the Defence Estate, Northern Command.

According to Bukhari, Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday will head the panel.

“The panel shall work out the modalities for transfer of 176 acres of land, which is under the unauthorised occupation of the Army at Gulmarg and land to be exchanged for the Army camp at Tattoo Ground, Batamaloo,” he said.

Furthermore, the committee shall suggest viable options, including short-term lease and relocation of the Tosh Maidan Field Firing Range in central Kashmir district of Budgam. And the panel has been directed to submit its report within three months.

The land at Tosa Maidan was leased out to the Army in 1964 for setting up an artillery firing range. And the 50-year lease period is scheduled to expire in 2014.

As per the official figures, some 63 people had been killed by unexploded shells at the Tosa Maidan meadow in the last 48 years.

Following this the locals, separatist groups and some leaders of the mainstream political parties had been pressing the state government not to extend the lease and convert it (the Tosa Maidan firing range) into a tourist spot.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp