10 feet space will not be vacated in Gandhi Nagar: Union Minister Hardeep Puri to Warehouse Federation
Jammu: Union Housing and Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri assured that the people will not be made to vacate a space of 10 feet in Gandhi Nagar Colony of Jammu. Puri has said that he himself will talk to the LG and the officials of the concerned department in this matter. Puri said that the government would not take any step which would cause any trouble to the people of Jammu. Puri gave the above assurance during his meeting with the delegation of Traders Federation Ware House-Nehru Market on Thursday.
A delegation under the presidentship of Deepak Gupta met with the Union Minister and took the issue of Gandhi Nagar. He said that after abrogation of contentious Article 370 of the Constitution, Jammu is facing the heat of almost every action of UT Govt. In a latest dose of harassment to Jammuites, the ‘responsive’ administration has come up with a unique plan to “retrieve” 10-ft strip in the front from the plot holders of J&K’s oldest well-planned Housing Colony of Gandhinagar. Adopting a strategy of coercion, the Housing Board is withholding the online NOC of those plot holders who have submitted their building plans to JMC for approval to reconstruct or renovate the old structure, forcing them to visit its office. It is here they are told about unauthorised possession of 10ft land in the front and unless they vacate it by reconstructing the boundary wall 10-ft inside their plot, NOC would not be given. Now, The over-enthusiastic Housing Board moved ahead to remove this ‘encroachment” soon by force if not vacated by the residents voluntarily.
“Why this aggression on peaceful permissible possession of the land of Gandhinagar residents? After 60 years? Are they really “encroachers”? If at all, it is encroachment, then how and why all the building plans of Gandhinagar colony running into thousands were approved by JMC with Housing Board’s NOCs since inception despite this “encroachment”?” He asked.
Deepak Gupta on this occasion raised the failure of the Department in developing new colonies in Jammu. He said that despite expansion of Jammu in the last 25 years and influx of lakhs of people who settled in the city since 1990, the government has failed to develop any residential colonies while private developers have taken much of the housing business. The rapid expansion of unplanned colonies had also led to severe strain on the infrastructure giving rise to several urban problems but lack of policy and vision has forced the urban development department to take backstage. The Housing and Urban Development Department has not developed any colony in the last two decades. The Jammu Development Authority (JDA) has developed only seven colonies and three were developed by the J&K Housing Board. The most well planned Gandhi Nagar and Shastri Nagar colonies were developed by the government in early 60s and 70s. After that Trikuta Nagar, Channi Himmat and Roop Nagar colonies were developed. Meanwhile, the housing department has developed three colonies in Jammu, Channit Himmat, Patoli and Channi Rama. Thereafter it has been a long full stop resulting in proliferation of unauthorized colonies.
Deepak Gupta also raised some issues of Ware House-Nehru Market. Asking for extra space for Godowns, he said that the trading community of ware house-nehru market, an oldest wholesale market of Jammu is facing a lot of congestion due to lack of space with an increase in the business establishments since 1956. Nowadays Walmart, Big Bazaar and Easy Day are posing a big threat to small traders and traders of Ware House are unable to compete because they don't have sufficient space for storage of goods. So, nearby suitable land should be allotted to shopkeepers to construct godowns so that they can store commodities and save the edible commodities from scorching heat and torrential rains. He also demended special Funds for Ware House. He said that the decades old shops of this biggest trading Centre have lost its Glory by the passing of time and Govt. Has never spent a single penny for the wholesale Trade. He demanded that special funds should be allotted to the Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir to acquire additional land for godowns because every time they approach govt for additional land for godowns, they refuse on the pretext of non availability of funds.
Munish Mahajan, Sr. Vice President, Abhimanyu Gupta, Vc. President, Sham Lal Langer, General Secretary, Vishal Gupta, Secretary, Amit Gupta, Cashier of the Federation was part of the delegation.
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