Srinagar: As a short term measure, the state government has offered pre-fab structures or monthly rental allowance of Rs 5000 for a period of four months to people whose homes have been ravaged by the floods within the prohibited areas in the Dal Lake.
In a report in compliance to the directions by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Vice Chairman, J&K Lakes & Waterways Development Authority(LAWDA) also states that for long term measures involving relocation of the flood victims, a policy by the Government at appropriate level in accordance with JK Government Business Rules shall be formulated.
Accordingly, the Vice Chairman said, Secretary Housing & Urban Development Department has been approached (vide letter No.LDA-464/3464-66) on November 21 for the decision.
Besides, the VC said, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar has been approached for providing accommodation in pre-fab structures or monthly allowance of Rs 5000 for a period of four months in accordance with Government policy applicable to such cases.
As the matter came up before a Division Bench of Justices Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Hasnain Massodi,
Advocate General M I Qadri submitted that the Secretary H&UDD has initiated the process.
“Latest status in this regard will be filed on or before next date,” the court said and asked registry to post the case on any day in the week commencing from December 15.
The Vice chairman LAWDA was also present in person in compliance to the last direction by the court.
“His personal appearance for the time being is dispensed with,” the bench said.
On last date of hearing, the court had asked the government to take “policy decision” on applications from people seeking permission to rebuild their flood-ravaged homes within
200 meters from the fringes of the lake.
The direction followed submissions by senior lawyer and amicus curie Z A Shah, underlining need for government to take a stand as many structures have suffered partial and permanent damages in the September floods.
A court order is in force from 2002 which prohibits any kind of construction activity within 200 meters from the fringe of the lake.
“In this factual scenario the state government shall have to take policy decision which may include shifting of these persons to some other areas by providing them alterative sites,” Shah had said.