J&K police unearths conspiracy to grab land around Dal lake
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 10:45
Jammu: A big chunk of government land near the Dal Lake was fraudulently acquired by private builders in connivance with revenue and other officials in the name of promoting tourism, causing damage to the flora and fauna in the area, police said on Tuesday.

The Crime Branch has registered a case following investigations into a complaint filed by residents, Inspector General of Police (Crime), J&K, Raja Aijaz Ali said.

The land was sold to the proprietors of Firdous Developers and Construction Company in the garb of construction of tourist village, he said.

The IGP said on completion of preliminary verification, it was found that the concerned revenue officials after entering into conspiracy with the builders mutated the state land in the name of some local inhabitants without any authority and the approval of the government as required under law.

They then facilitated its sale to the construction company in the name of promotion of tourism in the state, he said, adding that the developers in violation of all the norms and rules went for major felling of trees, disturbing the flora and fauna in the area, and encroached the famous "Shuraab Khoul". Ali said they filled up and converted it into a road disturbing the ecological balance.

He said Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) granted them permission for construction of so-called tourist village in violation of rules and regulations without a 'No Objection Certificate' from Wild Life, Forest, Soil Conservation Departments and the Master Plan of Srinagar, he said.

He said with the intervention of Crime Branch further damage to the area was stopped.


First Published: Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 10:45

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