Acting on HT's report, dated April 10, which highlighted how Asian Games silver medallist Khushbir Kaur's family was living in pathetic conditions, the Amritsar Development Authority identified an HIG (high income group) flat in the Ranjit Avenue locality for the athlete.
The development comes as Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal fast-tracked Khushbir's case, after it was revealed that her family was forced to live in a shed.
Although the Punjab government had announced an MIG (mid-income group) flat for the Asian Games silver medallist, but as there was no MIG flat available, the authorities allotted the HIG flat and forwarded the file to the CM's office.
Khushbir, who had brought laurels to nation after winning a silver medal in the 20km walk event in the Asian Games, was unhappy as her family was living in a shed after her college failed to fulfil the promise of getting a house constructed for her at Rasulpur Nikka village.
After HT was the first to highlight the plight of athlete's family on April 10, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, who also holds the sports portfolio, took personal interest in the case.
Coming to the rescue of the athlete and her family, Sukhbir took up the matter with the CM and on Wednesday evening the government announced that the athlete would be given an MIG flat.
When contacted, chairman of the Amritsar Improvement Trust, Sandeep Rishi, said: "We were on the job as soon as the instructions came from the government. Since there was no MIG flat available, we have identified an HIG flat in the Ranjit Avenue area and the details have been forwarded to the government for further action."
"House number 907-C has been identified in the Housing Board area of the Ranjit Avenue. It is on the top floor and has an area of 1,300 square feet. It has two bed rooms and a living area," said Rishi.
The flat was built in the 1980s, but Rishi said it would be renovated before allotting it to the athlete. Khushbir and her family had accused the Khalsa College for Women authorities of not fulfilling their promise of getting a house constructed.
Meanwhile, the college management has termed the delay due to lack of coordination between the government and the college.
The college had released Rs 5 lakh on Wednesday and asked her family to construct the house in the village on its own.
Khushbir is currently in Portugal and is training for the Rio Olympics.
Timeline of events
April 10: HT was the first to highlight that the athlete's family was living in a shed
April 15: Deputy CM promises help to the athlete
April 15: College authorities release Rs 5 lakh for the construction of the house
April 15: Sukhbir announces an MIG house for Khushbir
April 16: Following instructions, district administration identifies an HIG flat in the Ranjit Avenue area, sends file to government