Pahalgam: PDA seals 28 'illegal' structures along Lidder

Greater Kashmir

“The PDA identified 28 structures on the basis of report from DC Anantnag.”

The Pahalgam Development Authority Friday sealed 28 “illegal” commercial structures in Mawoora-Yannar, the scenic spot 20 kms downstream Lidder river in Pahalgam. The structures had come up allegedly on notified land.

“In pursuance to the High Court order dated 18-12-2014, the PDA after following due procedure ordered sealing of 28 illegal structures raised in violation of the court orders,” said CEO, PDA, M Y Bhat.

He said the sealing of these commercial structures was done in presence of Magistrate, Police and officials of PDD, PHE, Tourism.


“The concerned departments have snapped electricity and water supply to these structures. The structures have been put under the supervision of Estate Officer, PDA, Khalfwarzi wing of PDA, Police and Revenue,” Bhat said.


“The PDA identified 28 structures on the basis of report from DC Anantnag.”


He said the report had identified 83 structures but only 34 were found to be raised after May 16, 2013 when the notification was issued and the area was bought under PDA.


“After directions from JK special tribunal court we issued notices to the owners of all 34 structures but the sealing of the remaining structures was put on hold on the directions of local court staying the order,” the CEO said.


Pertinently, following the ban on such constructions in Pahalgam by High Court in 2010, the land mafia shifted their focus towards the vicinities downstream Lidder including Langanbal, Batakot, Gujrani Batkoot, Veersaran, Yanar, Ganeshpora, Aamadzoo, Aamad, Jaibal as well as forest area of Srechan and wild life sanctuaries which had not been included in the “flawed” Master Plan and kept away from the jurisdiction of PDA.


The land mafia had allegedly grabbed huge state land and then sold it to some big hoteliers who went on to construct more than 100 huts and hotels on the Lidder river bed in Mavoora and Yannar, thus disturbing the fragile ecosystem and polluting the river.


The local court in 2011 took cognizance of the unabated constructions on the Lidder river bank in Mavoora and ordered a blanket ban on such constructions.