KL NEWS NETWORK
As the issue of “Sainik Colony” forced Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti to once again issue a statement on the floor of the assembly on Monday negating reports that “no Sainik Colony was coming up in Srinagar”, Srinagar based defence spokesperson issued a statement this afternoon.
The statement is re-produced here verbatim:
It is clarified that the news article published in few dailies on 05th June 2016 in which it was claimed by Jammu Kashmir Coalition for Civil Society (JKCCS) that the land sought by Army for the construction of Sainik Colony at Old Air Field was already witnessing huge construction work from last two years and so far at least 47 buildings have almost been constructed, is factually incorrect.
The land on which construction activity is in progress, is Defence Land which is inside the existing Old Air Field Military Station. Presently construction of Married Accommodation Project is under progress inside the Old Air Field Military Station.
The new construction is purely meant for the serving Army personnel and being constructed under supervision of Station Headquarters to meet the accommodation requirements of the Army units located in this area. This construction activity has absolutely nothing to do with the “Sainik Colonies” which is a State subject and Army has no role in it.