The state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has resolved to prevent any commercial activity on Maharaja Hari Singh Park, where there is proposal to construct a hotel. It even warned the authorities concerned of dire consequences if they went ahead with the proposal.
BJP MLA from Jammu East, Ashok Khajuria on Thursday visited Maharaja Hari Singh Park on the bank of the Tawi river as people have resented the move regarding construction of a hotel on the Tawi reclamation land.
He assured the people that any illegal construction raised on the park would be demolished and warned the authorities concerned to stay away from any mischief.
Khajuria said the park belongs to people only and is a site for recreation and no structure should be raised there to degenerate the sanctity of the place.
It is pertinent go mention that the park falls in the constituency of the BJP MLA, who has vowed to take the struggle to the logical end in case a structure is raised on the park land.
Recently, the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) had allegedly unauthorisedly sold off a portion of the land to some hotelier in the city, which drew public ire.
"I assure Jammuites that the park would remain as such and anybody trying to infringe into it would be dealt with strictness," said Khajuria while addressing a gathering on the occasion.
The BJP MLA has already brought the matter to the notice of district commissioner who has promised to protect the park from vested interests.
Meanwhile, BJP chief Jugal Kishore Sharma said any activity on the park would lead to an agitation for which the government only will be responsible.
He added that the park has come up for people's recreation and the government is impressed upon to act immediately to save public property from being sold out to corporate heads.
BJP spokesperson Nirmal Kamal termed derogatory the sale of the JDA land to a hotelier, where a park is situated.
"It is gross violation of the norms and strictures. Those behind the deal should be exposed and the government should immediately take remedial steps so that the park meant for the public recreation should not go into the hands of some henchmen," said Nirmal Kamal.
She added that since the state is already in the grip of corruption, this instance has once again shown the character of the governance as encroachers are allowed to flourish.