Srinagar, Jan 22: Once a pristine fresh water body and an attraction for tourists Khushal Sar is now a history with illegal residential houses and structures, workshops and mosques daring authorities for action.
Till recently, Aali Masjid to Hawal road on the one side had beautiful fresh water lake. During few ‘turbulent’ years anti social elements from the area in connivance with the influential grabbed and occupied portions of lake and clandestinely filled it during nights with the help of concerned officials. Sources said one infamous rogue occupied major portion and has been selling it in plots and helping them erecting houses without permission daring govt to act against him.
Good Morning Kashmir called Tehsildar concerned for official version but he preferred not to respond.
Locals told GMK that some demolition took place recently but the encroached and occupied structures on Khushhal Sar were not touched.