J&K not to transfer land to shrine board

Srinagar, Jun 29 | Updated: Jun 30 2008, 05:46am hrs
In a highly significant step, to defuse the volatile situation in the valley, the stategovernment on Sunday, announced that it was not going ahead with the decision of handing over 40 hectares of land to the Board, handling the Amarnath Yatra, a move that has plunged the state into a political crisis.

Chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the state government had assured governor NN Vohra, who is also the chairman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), that the state was in a better position to provide better facilities, to pilgrims on a large scale than the board.

Azad's decision came less than 24 hours after Congress party's coalition partner in government PDP had pulled out of the government with all its nine ministers resigning over the issue.