2887 kanals and 17 marlas of horticulture land are under occupation of “defence forces” in Kashmir, the government said Tuesday.
“Efforts are being made to vacate the horticulture land from defence forces,” the home ministry led by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said in reply to a query in the Legislative Assembly.
Last week, the government had informed the assembly that at least 4,30,933 kanals of land across the entire state are under the occupation of various forces including the Army.
Of 4.3 lakh kanals of land, 3,79,933 kanals are being occupied by security agencies in the Kashmir region, including Ladakh.
At least 1,21,125.07 kanals of land are under the occupation of government forces including the Indian Army, the CRPF, BSF and other agencies in the Kashmir Valley alone.
The government also revealed on Tuesday that the “defence establishments” in Kashmir including that of Ladakh region pay an annual rent of Rs 12 crore for the private land under their occupation.
The rent for the land under the occupation of forces is revised after every five years, Mehbooba Mufti said in a written reply to MLA Shopian, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat
“The defence forces pay an annual rent of private land of Rs 12, 38, 21, 481,” said Mehbooba in the legislative assembly.
Most of rent being paid to private land holders by forces is in Baramulla district and amounts to Rs 3, 06, 71, 280 followed by Pulwama where forces pay Rs 2, 47, 71, 022.
In Ladakh region, forces pay a rental of Rs 83, 20, 120 to private land holders in Kargil while it is Rs 41, 04, 451 in Leh.