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Srinagar, June 3 (UNI) Rejecting opposition from different quarters, Jammu and Kashmir Government finally transferred 39.88 hectares of forest land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) in Sindh Forest Division.

Director Public Relations SASB Madan Mantoo today confirmed that the land has been transferred to the board by the government.

The State Government has accorded sanction to diversion of forest-land measuring 39.88 hectares falling in Block Kukllan, Range Sindh in the Sindh Forest Division to board, he said Mr Mantoo further said the Board is fulfilling all the conditions laid down for the transfer of the land at Baltal, which inter alia includes payment of over Rs 2.31 crores.

However, he reiterated that the board has taken all necessary measures to maintain the ecology of the Amarnath Yatra area while raising temporary shelter huts and other utility services.

Several organisations and NGOs strongly opposed the construction of huts and lavatories on the Yatra route and transfer of land to board.

The annual two-month-long pilgrimage will start from June 18 to conclude on August 18, the Rakshabandan Day.

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