Will approach court if needed: KCCI on land transfer to CRPF at Zakura

Expressing concern over the state administration decision to lease out 60 kanals of industrial land to the Central Reserve Police Force at Zakura, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Monday said that it would also consider approaching the court if the decision is not revoked. 

“The KCCI would consider approaching the High Court, if needed,” a spokesperson of the apex chamber said in a written statement.

He said the business community of the state is suffering due to the non-availability of land.

“The KCCI is on record to have asked the Government, time and again, to retrieve land wasted under the occupation of the government Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and make the same available for industrial/commercial use. It was surprising that instead the Government had recently announced that it was in the process of identification of land for creation of small Satellite Industrial Estates of around 40 kanals, whereas huge chunks of prime industrial land were being converted into camps and residential quarters for security forces,” the spokesperson said.

Already more than 300 kanals of land belonging to the Zainakote Industrial Estate was transferred to different wings of the State and Central Security Forces last year. This land was retrieved from the erstwhile Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) group in the year 2017.