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Despite notified as PDA jurisdiction no end to constructions at ‘Yanner’
SRINAGAR, July 11:Despite bringing the spot within the ambit of Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA), the illegal constructions go unabated at ‘Yanner’. The spot for its scenic beauty is fast emerging as one of the favorite tourist destinations. As the land mafia shifted its focus towards the spot following the high court ban on constructions in Pahalgam the PDA authorities sent a proposal to the government for bringing the spot and other nearby villages under its jurisdiction. Though the government recently approved the proposal and issued a notification in this regard but the illegal constructions continue to come up there.

“There seems to be no end to the constructions at the spot with most of them coming up virtually in the middle of the river. The constructions are not only going to damage the environs of the area but will also mar the charm and beauty of the spot. The constructions are going at such a fast pace as if the area has been declared as the hutment area,” said a local, Mohammad Ishaq.

Another local, Ghulam Nabi, said that all the people having constructed or are constructing huts at the spot have paid huge amounts as bribe for constructions to the officials of almost every department concerned.

“How PDA or Revenue officials can dare to touch hut owners when they have already entered into a deal,” he said.

People of Pahalgam also alleged that the construction material for big hotels is allowed in huge quantity during the night hours.

“If you visit any big hotel you find huge quantity of all kinds of construction material dumped there. And all that material is allowed at the check post against the huge sums. The ban seems to be only on the poor inhabitants of Pahalgam who can not go for minor repairs of their residential houses,” said a resident of Pahalgam Mushtaq Ahmad.

During last two years several trucks of construction material were seized in the town only after the locals spotted them.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), PDA, Nisar Hussain Wani did not pick up the phone despite repeated calls.

News Updated at : Friday, July 12, 2013
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