JAMMU, Sep 27: The revenue department is not taking instructions seriously, Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Bukhari called for framing of a comprehensive policy over the issue of Khad Lands across the state in the month of May but nothings has been done yet,..
Jammu High Court has already ordered to make a policy for gair mumkin khads within a period of two months, six months back. It is pertinent to mention here that the High court has asked the State Government to frame a policy for safety, prevention and restoration of wetlands, marshland, flood channels as well as lands recorded as Khads in the revenue records in the light of Jammu and Kashmir Water Resources (Regulation and Management) Act- 2010 but actions taken by big bosses of revenue department till date is a matter of enquiry.
The Minister said Khads act as natural drainage system and thus government is committed for their restoration and preservation. The Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Pawan Kotwal, on that day briefed the Revenue Minister through video conferencing regarding the Khad land issue in Jammu division, said all water courses and sources of water is property of government and as such gair mumkim khads have been exempted under Roshni scheme as well. He told the Minister that due to low precipitation, span of khad lands has shrunk accordingly so constructions have come up which has changed the nature of such lands.
Revenue Minister directed the Divisional Commissioner Jammu to form a committee comprising officials of Housing & UDD, Irrigation & Flood Control, JDA, Municipal Corporation besides Chief Town planner and concerned DCs as well and carry out identification drive of such lands so that utility of such lands is known and then prepare a report which will be discussed by the government for framing of a policy over the issue. .
The Minister directed them that the report should be clear and unambiguous so that government can assess properly the need of keeping the genuine infrastructure intact for public convenience and where need arises demolition can be carried out to restore khad lands.