Government starts work on transit camp for migrant employees at Baramulla

The J&K government has started work on construction of transit camp for migrant employees working in different department here.

To begin with the district administration has asked the employees occupying the government quarters at Khawjabagh here to vacate the structures.

An official said the structures owned by Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) department are to be demolished as the spot has been proposed for construction of the transit camps.

The official said the structures had been declared unsafe after the 2005 earthquake. However, some families continued to live in the buildings.

“The officials have asked us to vacate the quarters,” Afaq Ahmad Geelani, one of the inmates. “Our electricity connections have been cut. We don’t understand where we will go in this harsh winter.”

According to another inmate there were 35 families living in the quarters. He said the authorities should give them some time to look for alternate accommodations.

An official at the Irrigation and Flood Control division said the quarters were unsafe and poses threat to the inmates.

“The occupants were served notice from time to time to vacate these quarters. Some families continue to show resistance which is not acceptable” said Riyaz Ahmad, Executive Engineer, Flood and Control division.

He confirmed at least 40 kanals of land including the area where the quarters stand has been demarcated for the transit camp.

The department is in the possession of around 111 kanals of land at Khawjabagh. While 76 kanals of this land is located on the left side of Baramulla-Srinagaqr National Highway the remaining portion of the land is located on the other side of the highway.

During the previous government the administration had identified around 50 Kanals of land in Kanispora-Jahama for construction of the transition camp.

The district administration had also issued a notification to this effect. However, the proposal was later shelved by the authorities owing to unknown reasons. Later the land belonging to the Irrigation and Flood Control Division at Khawjabagh was identified for construction of the transit camps.

The Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, GN Itoo, confirmed the area at Khawjabagh has been demarcated for the transit camp for the migrant employees.

“We are mulling to construct more than 250 residential quarters for the migrant employees,” said Itoo.