J&K Dy CM’s Former Nagrota House Illegally Built: UT Administrator in RTI Response
The lavish bungalow of Dr Nirmal Singh, former deputy chief minister of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir, in Ban village was built illegally, according to the Union Territory administration.
Quoting APIO / Tehsildar, Zone C / D JDA, Dr Kusum Chib, collector of Jammu Development Authority (JDA) responsible for land acquisition and public information, said this in response to an RTI request filed by Muzaffar Ali Shan, a lawyer, seeking information on illegal constructions raised in the villages of Ban and Panjgrain between January 2016 and December 2020.
Messages sent to Singh, a senior BJP official, for comment did not elicit a response.
In response to RTI’s query, Chib said, “Two cases of illegal construction have been reported – one by Sh. Nirmal Singh, ex-Dy CM, and the second by Sh. Vijay Kumar Shrma. Jammu’s master plan for 2032 was notified through SRO 90, dated March 3, 2017, she said.
Regarding the current state of these constructions, she said that the case concerning Nirmal Singh is “under government law” and that “works are stopped until this day” in the other case.
In either case, no action was taken by JDA under the Building Operation Act, 1988, Chib said, citing information provided by APIO / Tehsildar. Despite its requests, APIO / Tehsildar also did not provide information on the officials who were stationed in the villages of Ban and Panjgrian to report cases of illegal construction to the authorities concerned, a- she said in her response.
She said that according to APIO / Tehsildar Zone C / D JDA, various city officials made surprise visits to the area between 2016 and December 2020.
Singh and his family had moved into the new bungalow near the Army Ammunition Sub-depot (ASD) on July 23 last year, even though the High Court in May 2018 ordered authorities to ensure the “strict implementation” of a 2015 notification prohibiting the general public from building defenses within 1,000 meters.
The HC order of 7 May 2018 followed a request in brief filed by the Center, contesting the construction of a bungalow on the site. The petition said the house under construction was only 580 meters from the ASD perimeter wall in Nagrota. The petition was filed after civil and law enforcement authorities failed to halt construction activities carried out by Mamta Singh, wife of Nirmal Singh, then president of the J&K Assembly, despite written requests from senior military officials. at the headquarters of the 16th Corps based in Nagrota.
The Center moved HC twice – on May 15, 2018 and December 20, 2018 – to request the opening of contempt proceedings against then state government officials for failing to not voluntarily implemented the court order of May 7.
The court sent a notice to the Jammu Divisional Commissioner, Hemant Sharma; Jammu Deputy Commissioner Kumar Rajeev Ranjan; then Jammu SSP Vivek Gupta and asked them to file a compliance report.
Even as the subpoena and contempt motions were pending elimination by the High Court, Mamta Singh posted a photo of herself with her grandson in the newly built house on July 25 of last year. on Facebook. She then deleted the message.