Shimla, Mar 7
Himachal Pradesh Government stated today that around 16952 bigha land in Chamba district of state was illegally encroached by the Jammu and Kashmir and the matter would be taken up before the Interstate North Zone Council and Geological Survey of India to end the deadlock, Revenue Minister Mahinder Singh Thakur said in the state assembly on Monday.
Replying to a query raised by Asha Kumari of Dalhousie, Minister said that the Jammu and Kashmir not only encroached upon on the Himachal Pradesh land but nine kilometer roads, a police post and some tourism structures were also built up by the bordering administration. The correspondence began after the 2016-17 between the two states on the dispute. The demarcation of land happened on Dec 10, 2021. Govt of Jammu Kashmir did not have any land records however we had Land records from 1952 TO 1998. Himachal would take up this matter with the Home minister.
He also discussed similar disputes that also exist at Lahaul Spiti and at Parwanoo with the Haryana government, would be taken up with the North Zone council . He said that issue would be taken up with the Geological survey of India. The minister said that the matter was discussed at Deputy Commissioner(s) level but it could not be resolved.
Earlier raising this issue Asha Kumari said that demarcation report was expected to be followed by the officer. She said that tourism activities are increasing in a big area almost surrounded by the state. She demanded to raise this issue before the interstate councils as construction and agricultural activities of his assembly constituents were not being allowed by the Jammu Kashmir authorities