Army to free land in J&K for development projects

New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) The army has restructured its requirements for land in Jammu and Kashmir and would free land not required for operational reasons, the home ministry said here in a statement.

This would make the land available to the state government for various development projects.

The decision to expedite the freeing of land was taken on Thursday at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh and other senior officials.

The meeting also reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, apart from the progress of various development projects in the state.

“In the meeting it was decided that decisions and action on decisions taken earlier would be expedited, especially regarding the sparing of land(s) not required for operational reasons,” the official statement said.

“The army has restructured its requirements for land which would make land available to the state government for its development projects,” it added.

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