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'JDA demolishing historical symbols'

india Updated: Aug 07, 2013 18:23 IST
HT Correspondent

BJP's Jammu-Poonch parliamentary constituency in-charge Yudhvir Sethi has alleged that an attempt is being made to demolish memorials, parks and other historical symbols named after Maharaja Hari Singh.

Interacting with mediaperons on Wednesday, Sethi said a few years back a piece of land was earmarked for a park to be built in memory of Maharaja Hari Singh on the bank of the Tawi river on Jogi Gate cremation ground road.

"This land was originally Shishu Samadhi and was taken by the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) on the pretext that it will be developed as a beautiful park in the name of late Maharaja," he added.

"It was transferred to municipality for the purpose of constructing a park. Later, the JDA got the land transferred back from municipality and a piece of land -- measuring 8 kanal -- was sold out for crores on the excuse that Rs 8 crore is needed for a park," Sethi said.

The BJP leader added that there is no logic in selling the land. "The fact is that it has been sold out to benefit to some favourites in return of some favours."

He warned the JDA not to indulge in any such an act, which is against the honour of Dogra Maharajas, otherwise the people of Jammu will take to streets.

General secretary of Tourists' Association, Jammu, and general secretary Sundar Singh Gurdwara Road Association, Bharat Bhushan Kotwal were also present on the occasion.