Govt mulls increase in accommodation for employees, tourists

Srinagar: The government is mulling to build bungalows and flats to increase accommodation for government employees and tourists, especially during peak season in Srinagar.
A government spokesman said that to overcome the acute shortage of accommodation for government employees, chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Thursday ordered constitution of a high-level committee which will examine and submit recommendations for effective utilization of land sites for building infrastructure.
The committee shall be headed by the principal secretary, planning & development department and will have administrative secretaries of estates, finance, home, r&b and revenue departments as its members. It will submit its recommendations onSeptember 01.
The chief minister gave these directions while chairing a high-level review meeting of the estates department.
“The committee will have to suggest how best we can use the land at various sites so that productive assets which are self-sustained by the estates department are created on ground,” Mufti said.
The revenue minister briefed the chief minister about its evacuee property sites available at Gupkar, Indra Nagar, Zewan and Hyderpora on which adequate infrastructure shall be raised by the custodian department out of its own resources for renting these out to the estates department so that it was able to overcome the shortage of accommodation.
The site at Gupkar envisages construction of a cluster of bungalows with uniform facade and common facilities while the land at Indra Nagar is proposed for construction of flatted accommodation. The creation of additional infrastructure will improve intake capacity for visiting tourists, especially during peak season in the summer capital, where estates department has hired assets of J&K Tourism Development Corporation.
The committee, which will submit report within four weeks, will work on broad contours by ensuring that ownership of properties remain with the state government and bids will be entertained only from local players.
Lease periods, both for commercial and non-commercial purposes, will be clearly spelt out, keeping in mind the legal prerequisites. Type designs of the proposed buildings will be conceived after taking into consideration the suitability and availability of land.
Earlier, the chief minister was informed about the acute shortage of government accommodation, both at Jammu and Srinagar, compelling the estates department to book hotels and private residential houses. The estates department is able to provide official accommodation to only 2600 employees while as there is a shortfall of 6000 to meet its immediate requirement, the chief minister was informed.
The Estates Department is presently constructing 400 flats at Pampore over 100 kanals of land transferred from JKSRTC at a revised cost of Rs 155 crore. In the first phase, 48 flats are nearing completion and are expected to be handed over to the department by public works department before August 15.
The Chief Minister was also briefed about the projects the estates department has conceived that envisage going vertical by constructing multi-storied structures at Jawahar Nagar in Srinagar and Gandhi Nagar at Jammu, for which concept plans are at various stages of formulation.