Government of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday leased forty kanals of land to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) in Srinagar at ten rupees per kanal per year rent.
An order issued by the J-K Revenue Department on 20 August 2021 read that sanction has been “accorded to the grant of land measuring 25 kanals situated at village Pantha Chowk, Tehsil Panthachowk, District Srinagar”.
The order further read that the land has been granted in favour of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) for construction of office and Yatri Nivas “on lease basis for a period of 40 years from the date of taking over the possession”.
It said the Board will have to pay “nominal ground rent of Rs 10/- per kanal per annum without charge of any premium subject to the condition that the land shall be used only for the purpose for which it is granted”.
As per the order, the allotment or lease is governed under J-K Land Grants Act 1960.
However, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had laid the foundation stone of “Office cum Yatri Niwas of Amarnath Shrine Board” at Pantha Chowk in Srinagar on 6 August.
As per a statement issued by the government then, the new facility built over these 25 kanals of land will be completed in a period of 18 months to accommodate more than 3000 pilgrims.
Speaking during the foundation stone laying occasion, LG Sinha, who is also the Chairman of the Board, observed that the project is aimed at ensuring comfortable stay of pilgrims at Srinagar, who come from all over the world for the holy annual pilgrimage.
“It will also act as an Information Centre for the guidance of pilgrims, besides many similar works would be completed for smooth conduct of the yatra,” he had added.