Srinagar – Pandits migrating from the Valley after the onset of militancy in 1989 have left behind around 16,000 kanals of land and three thousand constructed structures, the government said to day.
Replying to questions in the legislature, the government said that of the Valleys approximately 400 temples, half were in a run-down condition, and denied any illegal occupation of temple lands.
Giving details, the government said that Pandits had abandoned 1733 houses and 2682 kanals in Srinagar, 109 houses and 2951 kanals in Baramulla, three houses and 198 kanals in Bandipur at the time of their migration.
Similarly, 22 houses and 962 kanals had been left behind in the Shopian district, 41 houses and 2924 kanals in Pulwama, 227 houses and 3724 kanals in Anantnag, and 27 houses and 1206 kanals in Kupwara.
In Budgam, the community had abandoned 808 houses and 1787 kanals, 20 houses and 363 kanals in Kulgam, and in Gandarbal, 11 houses and 100 kanals, it said.
The minister said that a bill brought by Pandits in the assembly for protecting temples and their property was still pending with the legislature.
Of the 436 temples in the Valley, 208 have fallen into disrepair, but the there is no illegal occupation of their total 1282 kanals and 8 marlas of land, the minister said.
Nineteen of the 76 temples in the Srinagar district were in an extremely decrepit state, the government said.(Observer News Service)
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