3358 cases are pending against Housing Boards, Development Authorities, Municipal Corporations of Jammu and Srinagar respectively.
This huge number of cases pertains to illegal encroachment, illegal construction, building permissions, and allotments of various types, land grabbing and similar other issues. While these cases are pending in various courts, Ministry for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies has officially admitted that fresh encroachment have also taken place during the last three years.
Not only this, department has expressed its inability to manage prevention of illegal encroachments and said that land transferred to JDA under the provisions of section 4 sub-section 3(I) of Jammu and Kashmir Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the occupants) Act 2007 is yet to be handed over to it. It added that JDA has not been able to take over possession of land despite repeated requests to Deputy Commissioner (DC) Samba.
According to the details available with Newspoint Bureau, there are 136 cases of Housing Board, 217 cases of SDA and 1815 cases of SMC pending in high court and subordinate courts under adjudication. Similarly, 547 cases of JDA and 643 cases of JMC are also pending for final settlement. As many as 115 encroachments have been removed from SMC land during the last three years. No case of encroachment has been noticed on the JMC land during the corresponding period.
Two encroachments one each at Housing Colony Ompora, Budgam and Bagh-e- Mehtab had taken place and the matter is sub-Judice. Concerned authorities take timely action to remove the encroachments, if any illegal encroachment takes place on the SMC, JDA and SDA land. Department is regularly pursuing the cases for their early settlement.
Government is working for formulating new Master Plan for the twin capital cities of the state, he added. Once this is approved, these problems would be redressed to a large extent.