Agricultural land shrinking in Ganderbal

Ganderbal, Feb 12: The agricultural land in this newly born district of Ganderbal is shrinking in the aftermath of the district status granted to Ganderbal four years back.
 With the construction of  commercial ventures, residential houses, schools, parks, hotels, vehicle stands, establishment of the government projects, workshops, petrol pumps and other constructions , the agricultural land in the district especially on road sides is being converted into commercial area at a fast pace with concerned authorities turning mute. “The condition is worst on the road sides in all four blocks including Ganderbal, Wakura, Lar and Kangan blocks of the district and  if the same (process) continues, Ganderbal will, in near future, have zero agricultural production,” said Matloob Sheikh, an RTI activist.
 The construction on agriculture land can be seen on sideways of Srinagar-Leh highway at Barusa, Lar-Watlar, Manigam, Haripora, Wussan, Preng, Kijpora, Kangan, Margund, Cherwan, Thune, Mamar, Ganiwan and Gund villages and same is the case at Beehama, Dudarhama, Nunar, Pandach, Alestang, Nagbal, Wayil, Safapora, Manasbal, Shalbugh, Saloora, Fatehpora, Gaadur and Chhendun and other villages.
 Besides, the proposed construction of the 93 MW New Ganderbal Hydro-Electric Power Project is all set to consume around 200 kanals of agricultural land in areas like Beehama, Duderhama, Warpora, Arampora and the adjoining areas while hundreds of Kanals of land have already been consumed by the existing power projects in Sumbal, Kangan and Ganderbal areas.
 Feroz Ahmad Sofi, an educated unemployed youth, who is a research scholar in Arabic has 12 kanals of agricultural land at Beehama. Now, this piece of agricultural land is being taken over by Power Development Commissioner (PDC) for the construction of the power project. Feroz is running from pillar to post to save the land from being taken over.
 “The agricultural land which is the only source of livelihood is being snatched from us,” Feroz said.
 “Though there are laws which incorporate banning of the agricultural land for the non-agricultural purposes, but all such laws remain confined only on paper,” said Ajaz Ahmad of Duderhama.
 The surge in construction work on agricultural land has put question mark on Government’s ability to implement its own laws on conversion of agricultural land to commercial purpose.
 “The continued conversion of the (agricultural) land in the district will make Ganderbal a city where no any agricultural land will be seen after five years,” said a resident.
 (Compiled by Sheikh Nazir)

Lastupdate on : Sun, 12 Feb 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 12 Feb 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 IST

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