Govt Attempt to Turn Agri Land Into Housing Colony Resented


SRINAGR: Housing Board Employees faced wrath of people in Mujgund in city outskirts on Tuesday when a team from the board informed them about the government decision to convert their agricultural land into a Housing colony.  

People caught hold of some of the employees and thrashed them displaying resentment about the government decision calling it anti-people.

According to reports government is mulling to set up a Housing colony on around 1200 kanals of agricultural land at Mujgund.  

In this regard the Land Acquisition team of J&K Housing Board has issued a notice under section 4(i) of Land Acquisition Act; 1990 in which it has been stated that Mujgund Tehsil and District Srinagar is needed for public purpose namely for development of housing colony indented by Managing Director, J&K Housing Board vide letter no. HB/PS/1005-07.

Land owners from Mujgund area conveyed their displeasure over the government notice stating that their agricultural land was the only source of income for them. “On the one hand government is claiming that agricultural land should not be used for construction purposes while on the other hand the same government was forcing them to handover this land to Housing Board,” a farmer Nazir Ahmed Bhat said.

On Tuesday hundreds of people from the area came on roads and raised slogans against the concerned MLA and Housing Board.  

Dozens of people thrashed some employees of Housing Board who were sent by the government to persuade landowners to handover their land in lieu of a fixed sum of amount. Landowners have warned that if government will not change its mind they will come on roads along with their families.

A Housing Board official said that the government was not forcing any landowner and their land will be used for Housing Colony only after getting their consent. He denied that some of the employees were thrashed. “A notice in this regard has already been issued and the matter was between the Housing Board and landowners now and hopefully it will be resolved soon,” he said. (CNS)

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