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J-K HC notice to Jammu admn, cops on construction near ammunition depot

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

The and Kashmir High Court has issued notices to the administration and the police to ensure strict implementation of the ban on construction activity near an ammunition depot in on the outskirts of this city.

The court's notices came yesterday after the moved the court against construction on land owned by Nirmal Singh's wife

The has demanded immediate halt to the construction work citing security reasons.

"There is non-cooperation on the part of the police and the civilian administration in not implementing the order on the ban and allowing the construction to go on," said Ajay Sharma, representing the in the case.

The Army, he said, has also sought initiation of contempt proceedings.

After hearing Sharma, Justice issued notice to senior officials of the administration and the of police in to file a compliance report by May 30 in accordance with the high court's May 7 interim order.

The landed in controversy when the Army objected to the construction of his home adjacent to an ammunition depot along the Jammu-National Highway in belt.

On May 7, the high court had directed civilian and police authorities to ensure strict implementation in accordance with the law and rules and directed that no unlawful activity in the area was permitted that till next date of hearing on May 21.

The Army had alleged that construction continued on the land despite the court order and there was non-cooperation from the authorities.

In a letter addressed to the on March 19, of Army's 16 said the construction "has implications on the security of a major ammunition storage facility as well as the safety of personnel living in close vicinity of the ammunition depot".

The speaker said he had started constructing the house on a 2,000 square metre plot last year.

The land was bought in 2000 by the Himgiri Infrastructure Development Private Limited, whose shareholders included present J&K and Jugal Kishore, he said.

"Committees were set up by deputy commissioners of to resolve the issue for the last several years. While the Army has maintained that the distance of no-construction zone should be considered from the boundary wall of the depot, the people want that the distance should be considered from the depot itself. This is the point of contention," he said.

According to state building permission rules, no construction can take place within 500 metres of any Army formation for commercial buildings and 200 metres for residential purpose.

Despite the rules, several colonies, including the posh Friends Colony housing ministers and bureaucrats, have come up close to the wall of the base and in over the past decade.

Over 500 houses and commercial establishments have been set up within the wall of Sunjuwan military station here which was attacked by terrorists early this year.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 18:10 IST