Days after the Governor, Mr. Satya Pal Malik, justified the need for separate colonies to resettle displaced Pandits in Kashmir, the State Administrative Council has initiated the process to start construction of transit camps with 1,680 flats in different districts of the Valley.
The Government has directed officials of the Relief and Rehabilitation Organisation and the J&K Projects Construction Corporation to present a powerpoint presentation in the next few days before getting necessary funds and approval from the Planning, Development and Monitoring Department.
The transit accommodation will be exclusively for government employees in the Valley recruited under the 2008 Resettlement and Rehabilitation package announced by the Congress-led UPA government.
These include 3.5 lakh minority Hindus, besides thousands of Sikh and Muslim families living in Jammu and other parts of India after their forced exodus by separatists since 1989-90.
Official sources said six detailed project reports prepared by the Chief Engineer of the Public Works Department (R&B), Kashmir, were being reviewed. These include construction of one BHK flats at Khawajabagh, Baramulla (336); Mughalpora, Kupwara (288); Padpawan, Shopian (192); Odina Sumbal, Bandipora (480); Wandhama, Ganderbal (192); and Marhama, Anantnag (192).
A communication has been sent to the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Migrants). 'These projects were in the pipeline for years but faced repeated delays. The Governor’s administration has sought a detailed presentation so that the process of construction can be started soon,' said a senior official.
Nearly 3,000 Pandits have been engaged under the PM’s employment package since 2010. A majority of them live in squalid prefabricated sheds constructed in 2004-05.