Jehlum dwellers protest, demand allocation of land

Jehlum dwellers protest, demand allocation of land
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‘Govt demolished our structures on embankments in 2008’

Itifaq Lone

Srinagar: Scores of families, who used to live on the banks of river Jhelum, staged a massive protest demonstration against the state government for failing to rehabilitate them after their structures were demolished in 2008. They demanded immediate allocation of residential land.
The protesters demanded their allocation of land and rehabilitation as promised by the state administration after demolishing their temporary homes in year 2008 from both sides of river Jhelum from Dobji Ghat (Tanki pora) to cement bridge Noor Bagh Sringar.
In year 2008, the Irrigation and Flood Control Department of state administration demolished 120 residential houses (shuds) and assured the families of rehabilitation within a short span of time. They assured us of rehabilitation within four days, but even after ten years promise has yet to be filled.
The official cluster township “Rakh-e-Gund Aksha” a patch of land measuring 156 kanals at Parimpora Srinagar was issued to the families to the paper and each family was supposed to be allotted a plot of 25ft x 30ft land.
The protesters alleged that till date state government is playing delaying tactics them in the allotment.
“We are being thrown out of the offices every time we visit them. None of the administrative official is ready to solve our problem and we are being forced to move from pillar to post,” said Bilal Ahmad Rah, a protestor. “Our families are suffering from a decade and are living miserable life,” he added.
The residents said that they are living in rented rooms with their families from the time their homes were dismantled by the state administration, “we fail to pay our monthly rent of hired spaces,” grieved Ghulam Mohidin Rah, another resident.
“My daughter is not getting married, she is facing rejections due to lack of our house,” a protestor said. The protesters appealed to Governor NN Vohra to intervene in the long pending matter of them.
The protesters threatened of self-immolation in Lal Chowk in case their demands are not met at earliest.