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Representational Photo.
Representational Photo.

After CRPF vacated 30 kanals of land in Sopore Industrial Estate recently after 26 years, two plots of land were allotted immediately on the grounds of favouritism.

The land was de-occupied shortly after Mufti Sayeed recently took his cabinet to restive Sopore and vowed to give it a facelift. But no sooner the footprints of forces diminished from the Estate, two officials grabbed their booty.

The persons in question are wives of ex-general manager and clerk of Industrial Department—both of whom have been allotted land through unfair means.

Once the scandal surfaced, a delegation from Industrial Department visited Sopore and cancelled the land allotment.

Notably, Sopore Industrial Estate spread over 83 kanals used to house 16 Industrial units. But after militancy broke out in valley during nineties, the Estate was occupied by forces and gradually lost its charm. In 2013, CRPF had vacated greater portion of the land.


  1. Same is happening in main industrials estates in Srinagar and Budgam. Son in law of chief secretary got land issued in RANGRETH industrial estate while as those who are running their units in SIDCO sheds for last many years are ignored. NIFT and Essar Aegis where allotted land on priority bases but the purpose is not employment generation. NIFT is not conducting any course. Aegis is maintaining Skelton staff and SIDCO authorities are happy because they are getting rent.
    Other units are growing fruits rather than manufacturing industrial products. THERE IS TRANSPARENCY IN SIDCO/Industries department at all.


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