Srinagar, Oct 9: Cutting across the party lines, MLCs on Tuesday asked top bureaucrats who reside in Cheshmashahi huts to vacate them and urged state government to utilize them for tourism purpose so that revenue is generated from them during tourist season.
For past many years, at least 67 huts—located on the foothills of famed Zabarawan mountain range at Chesmashahi—are being used as official accommodation by bureaucrats during six-month long Durbar Move.
While Minister of State for tourism Nasir Aslam Wani was responding to the queries of NC lawmaker, Bashir Ahmad Veeri, PDP legislator Muhammad Ashraf Mir demanded vacation of the huts to save the State from further losses.
"We can generate crores of rupees by renting out the huts to tourists and why they shouldn't leave these huts as situation has normalized now ," Mir said.
Another PDP legislator, Murtaza Khan said that government should define what 'earliest' means to it as they have been repeatedly telling that they will get the huts vacated at an earliest.
" In 2009 , government said they will vacate huts at an earliest time but they are telling the same again today," he said
Panthers Party MLC Syed Rafiq Shah said that government should set deadline for vacation of these huts.
While replying to the supplementary queries, Wani said Government has approved project for construction of residential quarters at Brein and Nishat to accommodate the officers presently putting up in the huts at Cheshmashahi.
"Estates Department has initiated steps in this regard and the possession of huts will be handed over to Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation as soon as residential quarters come up for the officials," he said.