All Jammu Hotels & Lodges Association (AJHLA) has flayed the Jammu Development Authority's action of selling 8 kanals land at a meagre price of Rs 20 crore, from the reclaimed land in the Tawi river, which was earmarked for developing park dedicated to Maharaja Hari Singh.
Terming any sale deed in this regard illegal, since no reclaimed land can be used for commercial purposes and no construction can be raised on the same, the hoteliers' association demanded that the sale deed be revoked forthwith.
AJHLA president Indeerjeet Khajuria through a press handout stated, "Tawi banks come under the proposed project to give a facelift to the area by creating recreational facilities for locals and other attractions for tourists and pilgrims. Using a portion of the land for constructing a hotel is detrimental to the cause of developing Jammu city as an independent tourist destination."
Khajuria hailed the views expressed by commissioner-secretary, PHE, irrigation and flood control, Pawan Kotwal that no construction can be carried on the land reclaimed from a river.
He was all praise for former minister of state for housing and urban development, Yogesh Sahwney who has raised an objection to the ill-advised move and has stated that he will see to it that the deal is scrapped and construction is not carried on the reclaimed land, which is meant for a recreational park.
The AJHLA president said construction of a hotel on a part of the land, which union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and chief minister Omar Abdullah has said will be developed as Maharaja Hari Singh Park, is an act of environmental vandalism and has also hurt the sentiments of people of Jammu in particular and of the state in general, who hold Maharaja Hari Singh in high esteem.