Govt expedites rehabilitation of Dal dwellers

200 cases processed on fast track

ARIF SHAFI WANI

Srinagar, Oct 26: Acting on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s directive to undertake time-bound rehabilitation of Dal dwellers, authorities have expedited the process to shift them to Rakh-e-Arth on Srinagar outskirts.
In July this year, Omar had directed for “shrinking the timeframe” of the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Project for Dal dwellers from five to three years and asked the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) to fast track paying compensation to the affected families and providing them plots at identified sites.
A team of senior officials led by Secretary Housing and Urban Development, Satish Nehru, recently visited Rakh-e-Arth to oversee the rehabilitation process.
“Rehabilitation of Dal dwellers is imperative for the lake’s conservation. We have expedited the rehabilitation process and asked the allied departments and agencies to clear all backlogs to give required NoCs and documents to the dwellers to streamline the project,” Nehru told Greater Kashmir.
He said LAWDA was making all efforts to remove bottlenecks in rehabilitation process. Estimated at a cost of Rs 416 crores, the ‘Rehabilitation and Resettlement of Dal Dwellers Project’ is aimed to provide land to nearly 10,000 families identified in the socio-economic survey of Dal in 1986.
Vice-Chairperson LAWDA, Irfan Yasin, said acting on the CM’s directive, nearly 200 cases for rehabilitation have been processed on fast track basis in past two months.
“Plots have been allotted to 400 dwellers and nearly 70 of them have already constructed houses in Rakh-e-Arth which is a model colony with state-of-the-art facilities,” Yasin said.
Elaborating, Yasin said the Rakh-e-Arth has 24 metre main roads and 12 metre sub-roads. He said construction of parks, playgrounds, religious places, schools, sewers in the area has also been started.
 In 2006, the Government transferred 7526 kanals of land in Rakh-e-Arth near Bemina flood channel, to LAWDA for rehabilitation and resettlement of nearly 10,000 lake dwellers. However, the development of Rakh-e-Arth faced a roller-coaster ride till 2010 as Kamas who were cultivating the land demanded compensation.
On the High Court’s directions, the government formed a High-Level Coordination Committee to monitor the rehabilitation process. Superintending Engineer LAWDA, Subhash Kaul said the rehabilitated dwellers have been compensated for land and structures in Dal according to laid norms. “Besides, they are given a plot in Rakh-e-Arth and Rs 1.5 lakh as incentive for constructions.”
“Construction of houses is in full swing and we are closely monitoring that they adhere to approved design and other parameters,” Kaul said.
Muhammad Maqbool of Mir Behri in Dal, who is constructing a house at Rakh-e-Arth, said government should provide all basic facilities to them before onset of winter.
Executive Engineer LAWDA (division (Ist), OP Atri said the funds have been given to Power Development Department and Public Health Engineering department for expediting work on pending tasks for providing power and water connectivity to the houses there.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Oct 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Oct 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Oct 2013 00:00:00 IST




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