Army clarifies stand on land issues, says ‘committed to agreements’

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March 4: Army on Friday said that they were committed to vacate land it had agree to during meetings with the administration.

“In the recent past, a few sections of the press have been reporting Army’s vacillation over vacating land which it had agreed to, in Civil Military Liaison Conference of 29 Sep 2015. The Army would like to clarify that it is committed to meeting all the mutually agreed decisions arising not only out of CMLC 2015 but of all previous such CMLC meetings,” said a spokesman here.

In the past, Army has handed over ‘A1 Defence Land’ at Batmaloo, Pantha Chowk, Hari Parbat, etc which were essential to develop civil amenities for the people of Shahar-e-Khas.

It has also provided timely ‘NOC’ to infrastructure development projects like Haft Chinar flyover, roads construction under NHAI, BEACON and PMGSY especially in Border Areas.

“While it has been agreed in principle to exchange Tattoo Ground land for alternate land, in the interim a Citizen Park is under construction for the ‘Awaam’ – a proactive step by the Army which has no past precedence,” added the spokesman.

The Army has also committed to providing land for expansion of Jammu University and land under its possession at Anantnag for establishment of South Campus of Kashmir University.

The Army has also agreed to vacate the Lower Plateau at Kargil at the request of the Administration.

“At the same time, the genuine needs of the Army in terms of regularisation of land under occupation, alternate land in lieu of land being vacated etc were also discussed in the CMLC which are to be progressed by the State Administration.

“The attempt by some newspapers to portray the Army as stepping back from its commitments is regrettable as it has no basis in facts,” he said.

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