Srinagar, June 2: Jammu and Kashmir Government informed lower house of J&K legislature on Thursday – 8th day of current 2016-17 Budget Session – that 65 sq km of Tosmaidan is “completely demined”.
Tosmaidan was last Sunday officially opened as new Tourist destination by CM Ms Mehbooba Mufti.
Responding to concerns raised by former CM and Beerwah Lawmaker, Omar Abdullah, with regard to live/remains of arms and shells in the area, the government assured the house that the area is “safe and secure”.
A vast meadow in central Kashmir’s Budgam district bordering Poonch and Rajouri, Tosmaidan was used by Indian Army for drills and shelling to train its personnel since 1962. The J&K Government had leased the tourist rich and environmentally fragile area to army which ended in 2014.
Asserting that PDP-BJP Government “won’t allow Tosmaidan to turn into concrete jungle”, Naeem Akhtar told the house that his government is resolved to develop Tosmaidan as “bio-sphere”. “Tosmaidan will be a prime eco-tourism spot in J&K,” Naeem said in his response to former CM.