Jammu & Kashmir

Waqf Board seals shops in Srinagar for non-payment of revised rent

A view of closed shops in Maisuma area of the city. [FPK photo\ Muzamil Bashir]

Srinagar: Ten Waqf shops/rooms were sealed for non-payment of revised rent in the Khanqah-e-Maula area of Srinagar last week. The board led the initiative under the guidance of Chairperson Dr Syed Darakhshan Andrabi.

Property users in these premises had accumulated significant arrears and had not complied with the revised rent payment requirements, the board had said.

As per reports, Waqf property users from across the Union Territory had taken their concerns regarding the rent revision to the High Court.

However, in a recent ruling, the court directed these users to promptly settle both pending and revised rentals to avoid eviction by the Waqf authorities.

Andrabi conducted an inspection of the rental payments and arrears by Waqf property users at the Maisuma Complex in Srinagar last week.

It was discovered that a considerable number of users had substantial outstanding rental dues, the board said.

Andrabi has issued strict instructions to Waqf officers, urging them to take decisive measures against property users who have neglected their modest monthly rental payments for years and continue to resist paying the revised rent.

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