Channi Himmat land scam: Dr Nirmal Singh cracks whip against land mafia, officials of J&K Housing board

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh interacting with residents of Channi Himmat before ordering a probe in the multi core land scam

Directed DC, Jammu to file comprehensive report

Responding to the peoples movement against alleged allotment of commercial sites along Thanger Nullah in grave violation of master plan in Channi Himmat Housing colony Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh Saturday directed Deputy Commissioner Jammu Ajeet Sahu to file a comprehensive report along with relevant land records without any delay.

Dr Singh who inspected the site along with senior officers including DC Jammu Ajeet Sahu, VC JDA Mubarak Singh, BJP MLA Sat Sharma also ordered closure of ongoing reclamation work along the Thanger nullah in Channi Himmat till further orders.

During his brief visit in the area late saturday evening Dr Singh also assured prominent citizens of the Channi Himmat Housing colony that a thorough inquiry would be initiated to fix responsibility of erring officials of J&K Housing baord who were hand in glove with the land mafia.
On THursday the local residents had taken out protest rally and also staged dharna in the area shouting slogans against the state govt for not taking cognizance of the brazen loot of green gold in the name of raising revenue.

The residents had alleged that officials of the J&K Hosuing baord had violated all rules of procedure before allotting comemrcial sites on the reclaimed land of a water body passing through the housing colony. The residents had raised genuine concerns and feared playing with the ecology of the colony would prove disastrous in the long run as the commercial activity would lead to stripping the mother earth of green gold.

Social activist Raj Kumar who is currently spearheading the movement against the alleged allotment of commercial sites through back door by the officials of J&K Housing board along with senior citizen PL Kohli briefed Dr Nirmal Singh along with lay out plan of the Housing colony to drive home the point that deep rooted nexus between the land mafia and officials of J&K Housing Board were brazenly looting the green strip in violation of the master plan.

DC Jammu Ajeet Sahu after interacting with the local residents also directed the revenue authorities to record the statements of local residents to initiate the formal inquiry in the multi core land scam.

Large number of local residents present on the occasion also briefed Dr Nirmal Singh about irregularities committed by the officials of the J&K Housing board in violation of the master plan and sold out the land allocated for public good for commercial ventures to private parties.

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