Baramulla: The government of Jammu and Kashmir has started to identify land to construct composite colonies, meant primarliy for Kashmiri Pandits who want to return along with their families, official sources said. They said that in this connection the revenue department has identified 150 kanals of lands in Kanispora area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on the Kanispora-Jahama road along the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway.
The revenue department, it was said, has been put into service to identify the land. An official of the revenue department said that the Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Department of Revenue, recently visited Baramulla and ordered revenue officials to identify a piece of land over 200 kanals. Following the orders, officials selected a plot of land belonging to a person from the Sikh community in Kanispora.
Minister of revenue Syed Basharat Hussain Bukhari while talking to reporters in Baramulla, on Wednesday, confirmed that the government was going to construct some composite colonies for migrants, in which 50% flats would be given to migrants and the rest to Muslims who are homeless.
Bukhari was talking to reporters about the Sainik Colony controversy, on which he said that “we have no proposal to identify land for any Sainik Colony. As revenue minister, I have not passed any proposal to identify any land for Sainik Colony”.
He said that it was a decision taken when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was the CM to construct colonies for both Muslims and Pandits.
However, a revenue official, on condition of anonymity, claimed that the proposal was that of a ‘complete composite town’ for Kashmiri Pandits and that the government would not allot any flats to Kashmiri Muslims.