Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday convened a high-level meeting to expedite and implement the Rakhi-i-Arth project for early settlement of Dal dwellers.
A government spokesperson said that the meeting was held under the chairmanship of Urban Development and Local Bodies minister Nawang Rigzin Jora to discuss bottlenecks coming in way of the project.
On May 08, Hindustan Times had reported that the project aimed to conserve Dal lake by rehabilitation and relocation of lake dwellers had already crossed its time limit with a work shortfall percentage of 99.8 %.
In 2007 Lakes and Waterways Development Authority had announced to prepare plots for an estimated population of 55,000 souls living around Dal Lake to be shifted to Rakhi Arth colony in Bemina within three years. The motive was to clear the choked inner areas of lake for its conservation but till now only 60 families have been living in the colony.
The government spokesperson informed that the minister emphasised on the officers dealing with the project for early settlement of the Dal dwellers.
"He directed revenue department and LAWDA to work in close coordination to settle the issues hindering early settlement of Dal Dwellers. The meeting was informed that as many as 500 plots have been developed and allotted to Dal dwellers so far, while as presently 55 structures are under construction in Rakhi-i-Arth colony," the spokesperson said.
The Rakhi-i-Arth colony is being developed on modern lines at a cost of Rs 416.72 cr with all basic amenities including schools, parks, road connectivity, mosques, and play fields, the meeting was informed.
"The meeting was further informed that out of 7500 kanals of land at Rakhi-i-Arth, 1500 kanals of land have already been developed for starting the construction work. The meeting was told for the acquisition of land and structures within Dal and Nigeen lakes and subsequent dredging for eco-reconstruction of land under PMPRP a project of Rs. 356 crore, involving removal of 1363 structures, acquisition of 4453 kanals of land mass and 10539 kanals of watery land and mechanical dredging of 8093 kanals.," said the spokesperson.
"As many as 726 out of 1174 structures under NLCP have already been removed from Dal Lake till date. The meeting was also informed that 217 kanals of land out of 1380 kanals of land mass, and 2414 kanals of land out of 5827 kanals of Watery land has been dredged out so far from the Dal Lake," claimed the spokesman.