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Sonia Gandhi to visit J&K on May 29

Congress President Sonia Gandhi will visit Jammu and Kashmir on May 29, a party spokesperson said in Jammu on Sunday.

india Updated: May 23, 2010 12:56 IST

Congress President Sonia Gandhi will visit Jammu and Kashmir on May 29, a party spokesperson said in Jammu on Sunday.

She will visit the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar, the spokesperson said.

Gandhi will inaugurate a tribal cultural centre in Jammu and address a function organised by the Gujjar community. Her family has been closely associated with the Gujjar community.

The late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi's mother-in-law, used to visit the Gujjar community once a year.

After spending time in Jammu in the morning, she will visit Srinagar to lay the foundation stone of a colony for Dal lake dwellers.

About 11,000 Dal lake dwellers are being rehabilitated to the outskirts of Srinagar.

Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, who also holds portfolios of housing and urban development, said that Dal has been cleaned up to a large extent and efforts are underway to restore it to its original glory.

The Dal dwellers, he said, will be given a good place to live and the government will construct a residential colony for them.

"That would further help us in cleaning the waters of Dal, which is part of our heritage," Tara Chand said.