Srinagar, June 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian forces, as per the so-called Master Plan 2035, have illegally occupied at least 23 square kilometers of land in Srinagar including military and paramilitary establishments.

The statistics reveal there is more area occupied for the defence use than the area used for the development of district and divisional level public and semi-public infrastructure.

“As per the existing land use, the land under defence including many military and paramilitary establishments is spread over an area of 23 square kilometers, which equals eight percent of the existing land area of Srinagar,” reveals the Master Plan.

It further reads that the indiscriminate dispersal of the defence establishments in every nook and corner of Srinagar city including civilian areas is construed as a major obstacle for the development.

Chief Town Planner of Kashmir, Fayaz Ahmad Khan, said in a media interview that some defence establishments were at strategic locations, which needed to be shifted in phases towards the outer areas. He said that the authorities had to take the defense establishments out from the occupied buildings.

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