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HC seeks details of progress in relocation, rehabilitation of commercial establishments in Dal Lake

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Srinagar: The J&K High Court has sought the latest progress report on Rehabilitation and Relocation Policy on commercial establishments situated in the Dal Lake.

Adjudicating a writ petition a division bench comprising Justices Sanjay Dhar and Wasim Sadiq Nargal observed that it was essential to know the latest progress about Rehabilitation and Relocation Policy on commercial units before passing any further orders regarding the issues involved in the matter.

The bench directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to file a latest status report indicating the above aspect of the matter before this court by or before the next date of hearing.

The bench posted the case for further hearing on December 02, 2022.

The directions were passed by the court after perusal of a status report filed by the Divisional Commissioner on April 21 this year.

The report stated that the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir had conducted a meeting in December 2020 on various issues regarding relocation and rehabilitation of families and persons within and around the lake.

The court noted the statement of the Divisional Commissioner that the Revenue department was supposed to draft an action plan regarding relocation and rehabilitation of the families residing within and around Dal Lake.

The court noted that the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority is likely to share and draft a policy regarding rehabilitation of the commercial units situated in the Dal Lake with the Revenue department under intimation to the Divisional Commissioner’s office.

It has further been stated in the status report that the draft agenda is awaited from the other stakeholders and as such the drafted policy would be discussed after taking into account all aspects of the matter.

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