Kashmir Indepth

Land mafia active in North Kashmir’s Pattan area

Local appeal LG Murmu to stop illegal extraction of soil in the area

Srinagar Jan 10:Residents of North Kashmir’s Pattan area has alleged that authorities have failed to take on the land mafia who is active in several parts of the district in removal of soil from vital area. They said the continuous removal of soil has led to dozens of road accidents in the area and appealed Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu to intervene in this grave issue.

According to news agency, residents of North Kashmir’s Pattan and adjoining areas have said that land mafia who is involved in removal of soil from several vital areas has been active since many years and authorities have failed to contain them.

They said in Singhpora area of Pattan Tehsil, land mafia is involved in excavation of soil from vital area which has caused threat to the life and safety of people living in adjoining areas. They also said the mafia is dredging soil from many spots and used it in filling agricultural land in order to raise constructions there which is quite illegal and threat for the environment.

According to locals mafia who is carrying out their designs during night hours are using travelers, load carriers, dippers and bulldozers causing huge noise in the area due to which the sleep of the residents got badly disturbed. They also said that school going children who often used to study during late hours are also badly affected.

Mohammad Ramzan of Singhpora told news agency that during transit of soil to other locations the soil falls on the road from load carriers. “Due to continuous drizzle from couple of weeks, the interiors of Pattan area have become slippery as load carriers have dropped soil at several places which led to dozens of road accidents last week”, he said.

He further said that people are scared to come out of their houses as there remains a threat of accident round the clock due to slippery road.

“To stop this illegal exercise we have several times approached district administration for legal action but so far they have miserably failed to contain land mafia”, Ramzan said.

He appealed Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu to intervene into the issue and take necessary steps for stopping this illegal trade in the area. (JKNS)

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