Mufti approves township for migrants at Sheikhpora
10 October 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today approved an ambitious and integrated Rs 33 crore project for construction of a cluster of 300 houses for migrants at Sheikhpora in Budgam district at a high level meeting held here this morning. The township spreading over 92 kanals envisages construction of 300 two-bedroom tenements, with 12 sets in each of the 25 blocks in the 3-storeyed complex. It will have a high school, hospital, community hall, shop line, temple, electric sub- station, sewerage plant, car parking lot, overhead water tank, well developed internal roads, children's play field, green areas and other such common facilities. The cost of each two-bedroom set with kitchen, bathroom, lobby, etc would be around Rs 9.60 lakh. The Chief Minister ordered that the work on the project should be taken up immediately and the complex should have a touch of local architecture by going in for brick walls instead of concrete. Mufti Sayeed said that priority should be given for allotment of dwelling units in the complex to those who are putting up in migrant camps at Jammu, Udhampur and Delhi and are willing to come back to the valley. He said half of the construction activity should be taken up by the JKPCC, the executing agency for the project, while open tenders must be issued for some of the blocks to make it competitive. Meanwhile, the custodian department has prepared a project for construction of a convention centre at Pirbagh here. Spreading over 13 kanals it would be on the pattern of SKICC though on a smaller scale. It will have a 700-seater conference hall with two multipurpose halls, 35 guestrooms, exhibition halls, main lobby, informal meeting place, 4 VIP lounges, services and catering blocks. The Chief Minister, who was given a presentation of the project at the meeting, directed that more facilities be conceived in the project to make it futuristic. Mufti Sayeed also directed that the project prepared by the custodian department for construction of a shopping mall at Hyderpora be formulated for the entire 40 kanals of land stretch with a provision for a multiplex on the lines one being constructed by Srinagar Development Authority at old SRTC yard here. Minister for Revenue Hakim Mohammad Yasin, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister M. I. Khandey, Commissioner-Secretary R&B Pramod Jain, Secretary Revenue Mumtaz Afzal and other senior officers were also present.