J&K Govt, 4 others have encroached protected monument: ASI

The Public Works Department of Jammu and Kashmir government is among the five encroachers of the protected temple complex of Naranag in Kashmir Valley, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has said.

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2011, 23:26 PM IST

Jammu: The Public Works Department of Jammu
and Kashmir government is among the five encroachers of the
protected temple complex of Naranag in Kashmir Valley, the
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has said.

"Four persons and PWD of J&K government have encroached
and undertaken unauthorised constructions at Naranag monument
- a group of temples in Kangan belt of Ganderbal district,"
ASI Deputy Superintending Archaeologist said in reply to an
RTI query by All Party Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC)
here.
Apart from the state PWD, four other persons - Hanief
Kalash, Abdul Rasheed Akhram, Showkat Ahmed Jaggal and Mohmmad
Dar - have encroached upon the temple complex land, he said.

PWD of the state government has constructed a guest house
on the temple land at Naranag, the official said.

Naranag historic complex of temples, located in the
verdant woods of Naranag in Pattan belt of Ganderbal district
in Central Kashmir, was built by King Lalitaditya thousands of
years ago.
The monument was declared a national monument and
undertaken by ASI, Circle Srinagar.

Arun Kandroo, General Secretary of All Party Migrant
Coordination Committee, said the authorities of ASI, New
Delhi, have conceded the points raised by the leaders of APMCC
about massive encroachment of shrines and temples in Kashmir.

The ASI authorities in the state have decided to remove
the encroachments, he said.

PTI