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