Bandipora losing Paddy land at alarming rate, Admin fails to check land
By: Suhail Rather
BANDIPORA: The conversion of agricultural land for commercial and residential purposes is increasing day-by-day at an alarming rate in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district as the government failed to check the conversion despite strict laws in place.
At a time when the National Food Security Act has been implemented in state, the rice fields in Kashmir are diminishing by conversion of Agriculture land for the construction of houses and commercial malls.
Large paddy fields separating the town from the nearby villages are now the sites of multi- storied commercial Complexes, Schools, Shopping malls,Petrol Pumps, Washing Centres and other residential Colonies.
Javid Ahmad, a Resident of Kaloosa said their needs to be an immediate curbs on this act as we are losing the agricultural land despite being an agrarian society,” he said “A threat is looming large as Kashmir shall be sans staple food in near future if the practice continues.”
He said not only the government but the civil society has to wake up from deep slumber and together the people have to discuss this grave issue and find solution to the problem. “The time has come when we should think about vertical growth to save the agriculture land,” he said.
“Though vertical growth has also some drawbacks in mountainous region like Kashmir but we have to go for vertical growth at a certain limit which engineers will allow,” he added.
Dozens of new shopping complexes, School Buildings, commercial buildings have come up in different parts of the district in violation to the rules.
The High Court (HC) has earlier pulled up the State government several times and directed the authorities to ensure that no conversion of agricultural land is allowed for commercial, residential and industrial purposes.
However figures reveal that authorities have miserably failed to follow the directions of the court.
Locals appeal Divisional Commisioner Kashmir to look into the matter on priority basis.