The house committee of Jammu and Kashmir legislative council met under the chairmanship of Amrit Malhotra in New Delhi on Sunday.
The council has been constituted to look into the restoration of state properties situated outside the state. The committee was informed that the state was in ownership of 114-kanal land at Rajaji Marg, Delhi, out of which a considerable chunk of prime land measuring 97 kanal was occupied by the Army. The remaining 17 kanal was in the possession of the state government, which comprises 75 staff quarters allotted to employees of various departments.
The committee was further informed that the state government had been making constant efforts to retrieve the property from Army, but no tangible headway had been made so far.
With regard to the state properties in Mumbai, Amritsar, Chandigarh and Sirsa, which are under the illegal occupation of different persons and organisations, the committee was informed that the government had initiated efforts to get the same vacated legally in the respective jurisdictions.
The committee visited Rajaji Marg and 5-Prithvi Raj Road for on-the-spot inspection of the assets. It passed certain observations and directed the officers to come up with a comprehensive plan to make optimal use of the available land with the government.
The committee suggested construction of multi-storeyed buildings by demolishing the existing shabby and outdated quarters to augment the accommodation in Delhi. It was also suggested to construct more accommodation at 5- Prithvi Raj Road by demolishing staff quarters at the back side of (Khan Market gate) and to look into the proposed building site for the Police.