The Jammu and Kashmir administration is planning to build special colonies for Kashmiri Pandit employees. On Wednesday, the government permitted the construction of transit accommodation for Kashmiri migrant employees.
The construction will be done in six places in the valley. This will be done under the Prime Minister’s Development Package and will cost Rs 201.6 crore. The government said that the Principal Secretary of the Revenue Department will head a four-member committee which has been set up to resolve all matters related to the identification and transfer of the land to the Department of Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction. This will be done by November 15.
The six locations will include , Fatehpora in Baramulla district, Marhama-Bijbehara in Anantnag district, Wandhama-Lar in Ganderbal district, Allowpora-Keegam in Shopian district, Khullangam Bagh in Kupwara district and Odina-Sumbal in Bandipora district.
The total number of units is set to be 1,680 units to be constructed to accommodate the migrant employees. The highest number of units constructed will be 480 in Bandipora, preceded by 336 in Baramulla, 228 in Kupwara and 192 each in rest of the three districts.
In 2008, under a special package announced by the government around 4,500 Kashmiri Pandits were given government jobs.