Displaced from Jhelum banks a decade ago, families demand rehabilitation

Scores of families displaced from the banks of Jhelum between DC office and Fateh Kadal a decade ago staged a protest here on Tuesday, demanding rehabilitation.

They say the government was ignoring them despite its own orders for their rehabilitation even as all the formalities were also completed.

The displaced families including men, women and children assembled at the Press Enclave here under the banner of Jhelum River House Rehabilitation Union to press for their demand.

“The process (of rehabilitation) was initiated in 2008 with the selection of 120 families who were to be shifted from the either side of Jhelum River. In 2012 our sheds were demolished and 120 families were given order slips for rehabilitation,” said Bilal Ahmed Rah, vice president of the union. 

“Since then we are living in rented accommodations and awaiting compensation.”

The displaced families say land for their rehabilitation was also identified and allotted on papers to them years ago.

“Despite getting all the formalities done from various concerned departments, we fail to understand why we aren’t being rehabilitated,” Rah said.

The displaced families say that they are suffering and are ready to settle at whatever place government asks them to but they want rehabilitation as soon as possible.

“We come from poor families and cannot afford to pay rent in thousands for one room. We are unable to get our daughters married because we don’t have anywhere to live permanently,” said Haseena, a displaced protestor.

“We cannot make our ends meet and in the process we have become like nomads while our children had to abandon their studies,” she said.