New Delhi: The government has taken up a project to construct 6,000 transit accommodations for Kashmiri migrant employees returning to the Valley, and a total of 880 flats have been constructed in the last three years, the Parliament was told on Wednesday.
The Union Minister of States for Home, Nityanand Rai, conveyed this information in a written response within the Rajya Sabha. He highlighted that this endeavour was undertaken in light of the improved security situation prevailing in the Kashmir Valley. The Minister clarified that no Two Room Tenements (TRTs) were erected in 2004.
However, Rai elaborated that tenements were indeed erected in the Jammu region, specifically in Purkhu, Muthi, Nagrota, and Jagati. These accommodations were designed to house individuals who had been displaced due to the waves of terrorism in 1989–1990, when they were forced to leave their ancestral homes in the Kashmir valley and relocate to Jammu.
In the first two phases, until 2011, a total of 5,248 tenements were constructed for this purpose. Importantly, no further tenements have been constructed in the past three years, as confirmed by the Minister.
Rai’s response was prompted by a query from Akhilesh Prashad Singh, a Member of Parliament from the Congress party. Singh sought clarification on whether 5,242 Two-Room Tenements (TRTs) were indeed built in various Jammu locations, including Jagti, Purkhu, Muthi, and Nagrota, as part of the Prime Minister Package by the previous government aimed at the repatriation and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants in 2004. Furthermore, Singh inquired if any new tenements had been constructed in the past three years.