J&K government to start eviction proceedings against HCI

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Appoints estate officer for taking over possession of Centaur Hotel

Srinagar, Mar 28 : In a significant development, the Jammu & Kashmir Government is set to begin the process for taking over possession of the Centaur Lake View Hotel, Srinagar from the Hotel Corporation of India.

To begin with, the J&K government has appointed Faz Lul Haseeb, additional deputy commissioner Srinagar, as estates officer for taking over possession of the premises of Centaur Lake View Hotel.

The IAS officer has been appointed as estates officer under a law which empowers the government to evict unauthorized occupants.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of The Jammu and Kashmir Public Premises(Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1988 read with section 6 of The Jammu and Kashmir Land Grants Act and rule 7(K) of The Jammu and Kashmir Land Grant Rules, 1960, the Government hereby appoint Faz Lul Haseeb, IAS, additional deputy commissioner Srinagar, as estates officer for the purpose of The Jammu and Kashmir Public Premises( Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1988 for taking over possession of the premises of Centaur Lake Hotel, Srinagar,” reads the notification, a copy of which is in possession of news agency—Kashmir News Observer(KNO).

Under the Land Grants Act, the Government has the right of reentry on the land leased and the lessee shall be liable to be evicted under the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Pubic Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act.

On June 25, 1979, the State Government vide Cabinet decision No.237 on June 25, 1979, agreed to lease out 13 acres of land in the high profile area of Cheshmashahi Srinagar on the Dal Lake to HCI for 90 years.

On the basis of the said cabinet decision, an agreement was executed on March 10, 1982 between the state Government and HCI.

It is worthwhile to mention that HCI presumably has violated conditions of the lease which necessitated the government to take strict action by taking over the premises in terms of relevant laws