J&K Housing Colony Planned Years Back, Nowhere In Sight
Owing to administrative hiccups and slackness in the removal of bottlenecks, six J&K housing colony which were planned several years back to meet housing needs of different sections of society are nowhere in sight.
Due to this, the J&K Housing Board has failed to perform its primary task assigned at the time of its establishment. The Housing Board was established under the provisions of J&K Housing Board Act, 1976 and it was entrusted with the task of providing affordable shelter to all. The board is supposed to develop housing colonies in urban as well as in rural areas of the State and construct flats under self-financing schemes.
Keeping this mandate in mind, the J&K Housing Board with the due permission from the Government planned to set-up new housing colonies at six places in the state. However, none of the housing colony has been built, despite the lapse of several years due to administrative hiccups and slackness in the removal of bottlenecks.
These six housing colony were planned to be set-up at Thathar in Jammu, Battal Ballian in Udhampur, Meen Charkan in Samba, village Mujgund in Srinagar, Ranbirgarh in Srinagar and village Tullibal in Sopore.
As far as colonies proposed to be set-up over 495 kanals of land at Thathar is concerned, the case for transfer of State land was forwarded by the Financial Commissioner (Revenue) J&K to the Administrative Department vide Letter No.FC-LS/Misc/205/2017 dated November 24, 2017. But till date, no further decision has been taken as a result of no steps could be initiated by the J&K Housing Board towards setting up of housing colonies.
Similarly, verification of objections under Section 5 and 5A of the Land Acquisition Act is still under process in respect of housing colony proposed to be set-up at Battal Ballian in Udhampur on over 448 kanals of land, sources informed.
About proposed housing scheme at Meen Charkan in Samba, sources said that notification under Section 9 and 9A was issued way back in April 2013 and thereafter High Court ordered status quo on February 22, 2017, after some persons approached the judiciary over certain issues. Since then no steps have been initiated to get the interim order of the High Court either vacated or modified.
Expressing inability to specify time-frame for start of work on the ground, sources said, since land acquisition is a lengthy process nobody knows when the work will actually begin on setting up of the Housing Colony at village Mujgund.
Similarly, no time-frame can be specified for start of work on the development of housing scheme at Ranbirgarh in Srinagar as the case for disposal of objections under Section 5 and 5A of the Land Acquisition Act was sent to the Government by the Housing Board dated January 15, 2018 and since then no major development has taken place, sources informed.
As far as setting up of Housing Colony at village Tullibal in Sopore is concerned, sources said, the Housing Board had issued reminders vide Letter No.HB/CLA/345-46 dated September 1, 2017, and Letter No.HB/CLA/J/5591-92 dated January 18, 2018, for transfer of State land but no further development has taken place since then.
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