Plan prepared for utilization of EP land

JAMMU – Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Mr. Raman Bhalla has said that the Government was embarking on a massive plan to develop multipurpose purpose community halls, shopping and residential complexes over vacant Evacuee Property (EP) land to make it a recurring source of revenue generation.

The Minister said this while interacting with the locals here at Udhaywalla after inspecting the ongoing construction work of a Multipurpose Community Hall on 20 Kanal Evacuee land available in the area.

Custodian General E P Abdul Majeed Mir, Custodian EP Mr Abdul Majeed Wani besides other senior officers of EP, Revenue departments accompanied with the Minister.

Mr. Bhalla said that the proposed multipurpose community hall would have the facilities of 10-room, marriage hall, kitty party hall, toilet block, lawn and parking. He said estimated to cost about Rs. 7.5 crore, the community hall was stipulated to be completed by December 2013 next year.

The Minister said on its completion, the hall would be available for organising functions on nominal fee.

Mr. Bhalla appreciated the efforts being made by the officers and officials of the EP department in retrieving about 1400 kanals of land from land grabbers at Panchavati, Chinor, Seeri, Damaal, Akhnoor, Udhaywala, Sunjwan, R. S Pura and Vijaypur areas of Jammu and Samba districts.

Later, the Minister also visited Meen Sarkar in Bari Brahamna and inspected the ongoing construction work of 24 flats, for which Evacuee Department has earmarked Rs. 1.50 crore under self-financing.  

Interacting with the people, the Minister said EP department has constructed 30 residential flats comprising 10 blocks at an estimated cost of Rs. 2 crore at Meen Sarkar in Bari Brahamna. He said the residential flats have been handed over to Estate Department for housing darbar move employees during winter capital at Jammu on rented basis.

Regarding adequate drinking water facilities in the colony, Mr. BHalla asked the EP department to construct deep drill tube well so that the housing employees do not face any inconvenience. He said Government is committed to provide all basic amenities to the people like safe drinking water, electricity, healthcare, road connectivity, recreational park besides hygienic atmosphere there.   

Mr. Bhalla said that EP department is also constructing multipurpose community halls at Wazarat Road, Oriental shopping Mall at Chand Nagar, residential flats at Anand Nagar and Dhamwal in Jammu. He said for this purpose the Government has earmarked Rs. 9 crore. The Minister said that the EP department has also constructed office complexes at Srinagar besides many other commercial projects across the State, adding that most of these projects are nearing completion.

The Minister informed that a comprehensive plan has been prepared for renovation and upkeep of EP in the State, adding that the department has been asked to charge nominal fee from tenants who are chronic patients and physically challenged, besides those who fall in Below Poverty Line category.

Mr. Bhalla said that the Government has revised EP rules to ensure that the tenants may not face any problem in maintenance of the property they are living in. He said that permission for repairs of old evacuee houses would be granted within 21 days by the concerned Custodian Officers without charging any amount in any form.

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