Army May Soon Vacate Prime Land In Srinagar

Army May Soon Vacate Prime Land In Srinagar

13 November 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Majid Jahangir

Srinagar: The state government is hopeful that nearly 1,000 kanals of prime land at the Tatoo Ground here would be vacated by the Army before the Durbar offices reopen in May next year. The state government has asked Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Shailendra Kumar to look for an alternative site for the Army. In the past, the Army had been insisting on a site around Shariafabad on the outskirts of city in lieu of the Tatoo Ground. “But now the Army has agreed to shift from the Tatoo Ground even if the alternative land is provided elsewhere,” said Shailendra. “Hopefully, the Army will vacate the Tatoo Ground before the Durbar returns to Srinagar,” he added. Government sources said the major hurdle in shifting of the camp from the city was that the Army was demanding land around Shariafabad, which also houses the headquarters of the Kilo Force, the Army’s counter-insurgency force. The sources said the Army had agreed in 1988 to vacate the ground. “After they had agreed, the Army wanted an alternative site at Shariafabad and Hanjik in Budgam district. The government provided alternative land to Army at Shariafabad and they took possession of it but did not vacate the Tatoo Ground,” a source said. “The Army, however, has been saying that it is yet to get full possession of the Shariafabad land that was promised by the state,” the source said. The state government plans to construct a recreational facility at the Tatoo Ground. Tatoo Ground In the past, the Army had been insisting on a site around Shariafabad in Budgam district in lieu of the 1,000 kanals at Tatoo Ground in Srinagar Now, the Army has agreed to shift from the Tatoo Ground even if the alternative land is provided elsewhere The state government plans to construct a recreational facility at the Tatoo Ground