The Army Statement on Its Position On Land Issues



The army Friday evening issued a statement about its stand on “land issues in J&K’. The statement is being produced here:

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. The report appearing in a local newspaper on 02 Mar 2016 has focused only on Islamabad High Ground case. However, there are a large number of similar inter connected issues which are raised from time to time.

In the past, Army has handed over ‘A1 Defence Land’ at Batamaloo, 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. The Army has also committed to providing land for expansion of Jammu University and land under its possession at Islamabad 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.

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