Army clarifies on land issue

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Srinagar: Army today denied that it was in possession of any state land illegally and that the state has asked it to vacate the said land within a specific time period.

“The reports on Civil Military Liaison Conference (CMLC) 2015 appearing in a section of press have created an impression that the Army has been in illegal/unauthorised occupation of some land in the State and that it has been asked by the civil administration to vacate certain areas by a specific time line”, said a Defence Ministry spokesman. 

These reports present an incorrect picture and therefore require a clarification.

            The CMLC was held in a very cordial atmosphere where both sides agreed to address each others’ concerns. 

The Army agreed to facilitate construction of roads through land held by it in Drang, Chundra, Amroohi and Sonamarg. It also reiterated its commitment, in accordance with a previous agreement, to vacate the land held by it at Tattoo Ground in lieu of alternate land being made available after obtaining due clearance from MoD. Similarly, the need for a joint approach was also accepted to resolve land issues at other places including Gulmarg and Anantnag High Ground.        

 

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