Smart Satellite Township: HC Orders Reassessing Compensation To ‘Camas’ 

SRINAGAR, OCT 09: Paying of compensation charges to camas (labourers) on the basis of assessment done years ago is arbitrary, the High Court of J&K and Ladakh held on Monday as it asked authorities to reassess the amount of compensation to be paid to camas of leftover land of 3760 Kanals transferred to the Srinagar Development Authority for Smart Satellite Township at Rakh-i-Gund Akashah at Bemina Srinagar.

“Paying of compensation/improvement charges to camas on the basis of assessment/valuation done years ago, i.e., in the year 2001, is arbitrary,” a bench of Justice Wasim Sadiq Nargal said, adding, “As such, I am of the considered opinion that the Respondents (authorities) have to reassess the amount of compensation/improvement charges to be paid to camas (petitioners herein) based on the parameters/formula to be taken into count as per rules. As a necessary corollary, Respondents are directed to reassess the payment of improvement charges to be paid to the camas including petitioners within a period of two months.”

According to the petitioners, Srinagar Development Authority, through an advertisement notice dated 15-02-2023, has invited applications from the general public on the prescribed application, available on E-Portal on the J&K Housing Mission initiated by the SDA for advance registration of residential plots intended for construction of residential houses on the part of the land in possession of the petitioners.

The advertisement notice shows that each plot of land which is slightly less than 1 Kanal in area, is priced at Rs 83 lakh and a smaller size of plot with 85×45 Ft. dimension, is priced at Rs 64 lakh and lesser size plot is priced at Rs 42 lakh having an area of 75×36 Ft. Further, they submitted that the advertisement notice and the project report show that the Satellite Township is being constructed in Rakh-i-Gund Aksha on the land which is in possession of the Petitioners.

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