Omar directs development of land, construction of flats

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah directed the housing departement to take immediate steps to acquire and develop the land at different identified locations for construction of flats.

Updated: Sep 08, 2010, 00:49 AM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Tuesday directed the housing departement to take
immediate steps to acquire and develop the land at different
identified locations for construction of flats to be provided
to the people at concessional rates.

He passed on the directions to the housing departement
while addressing a high-level meeting here which was attended
by Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, Minister for Revenue and
Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla and senior officers of the
departement.

Underscoring the dire need to provide shelter and housing
facilities to the common people, Omar said Srinagar and Jammu
cities have become too congested and families are dumped in a
small house as a result of non-availability of cheaper land in
and around the cities.

He directed housing board to construct a large number of
flats and develop plots for distributions among deserving
people on priority basis at concessional rates.

A committee was constituted under the chairmanship of
Principal Secretary, planning and development, Khurshid Ahmad
Ganaie to finalize the acquisition of land.

Officials of the departement said the departement has
developed 14 colonies and distributed over 8700 plots to the
deserving people.

They said the departement is developing low cost colonies in Jammu and Srinagar for weaker sections of society.

Similarly, plots of various sizes are being developed for
distribution among the people at concessional rates.

PTI