'No permanent structures of SASB at Baltal'

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Srinagar, Jun 30: Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) denied that it had constructed any permanent structures at base camp Baltal or any other place for the pilgrims.

A spokesman of the SASB reacting to photographs published in some local dailies in which a number of concrete structures were shown at Baltal and Domail, said the board has nothing to do with them.

He said these structures do not belong to the SASB nor have these been put up by the Board.

He said these structures appear to have been raised by either private individuals or some Non Governmental Organisations, (NGOs) which have nothing to do with the Board.

He reiterated that SASB has not constructed any permanent structures in the Yatra zone.

The spokesman appealed to the media to seek the required clarification from the Board before publishing such reports.

''It is necessary to check unfounded propaganda against the Board,'' he said.

This was the first press release issued by the SASB spokesman after the land controversy rocked the valley.

Local newspaper published a number of photographs circulated by the Action Committee Against Land Transfer (ACALT), which is heading the agitation demanding that the land transfer order to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board should be revoked. The ACALT headed by advocate Mian Abdul Qayoum said the protest will continue till the order is revoked and made public.


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