The Army took up the issue of a large number of constructions around Chakki bridge, Dhangu Peer, Kandrori and Simbal Chowk ammunition depot with top civil officials in a meeting on Saturday, held to find a solution to the menace of encroachers especially around the ammunition depot of Pathankot.
The action plan was discussed in the office of Rising Star Corps (21 Sub Area), which was attended by DCs of Kangra and Pathankot.
Army officers looking after the ammunition depot claimed that as per the rules, no construction could be carried out within 1,000 yards (914m) of ammunition
The construction of houses, marriage halls in the proximity of volatile ammunition dump was a grave threat to precious life and property they added.
Besides, this increases the risk to security of Army installations by inimical elements, they pointed out. "We have apprised the two DCs of the matter for suitable action," the Army officials told HT.
Commander of 21 Sub Area also took up other important issues, including
erosion by Chakki river and construction of retaining wall for the same, improvement of roads in Pathankot and Madhopur, creation of district soldier board office, transfer of land to NHAI, beautification of Pathankot station and traffic congestion near Lakhanpur bridge.
Speaking on the occasion, Pathankot DC Siben C said, "Encroachment of defence land was illegal and would not be permitted at any cost." The Commander assured of all possible cooperation from the Army.
Those present at the meeting included Pathankot DC Sibin C, Kangra DC RS Gupta and Gurdaspur DC Mohinder Singh Kainth, Pathankot SSP Dr S Kalia, Pathankot Tehsildar Laxman Singh, Pathankot DTO R Sobti and Pathankot DFO Mahavir Singh.