Govt to rehablitate oustees of Golden Temple project

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Chandigarh, Feb 4 (UNI) The Punjab government has decided that oustees of the phase IV and V 'Galiara Project' in the 30-metre periphery around the Golden Temple at Amritsar would be alloted shops in the Commercial Complex of the Improvement Trust on the road leading to the 'Ghata Ghar' (Clock Tower) entrance of the shrine.

A high level meeting to finalise the claims conveyed by Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia here today decided 22 commercial oustees, who had shops in Bazaar Dhabian and Mochian would be alloted shops in the Commercial Complex.

The decision was taken on the bases of a survey report submitted to the Local Bodies department. Both Bazaar Dhabian and Mochian have been included in the phase IV and V of the Project, which involves widening and beautifying the area in the 30-metre periphery of the shrine.

The first three phases of this Project involving landscaping and beautifying the area around the shrine was completed a couple of years back, but the next two faces ran into a number of bottlenecks including getting the area evicted from the owners.

This centrally assisted Project was launched in 1988, soon after 'Operation Blackthunder' by the Amritsar Municipal Corporation and a special cell was established for this.

Mr Kalia said after the meeting that 142 applications were received for rehabilitation alongwith claims. The Rehabilitation Committee of the Local Bodies department listed 130 cases as eligible, out of which 126 cases fall in commercial category and four in residential. The remaining 12 cases were rejected.

Mr Kalia said that 15 residential claims were received by Committee sometime back. All the claimaints have been provided LIG houses by Amritsar Improvement Trust.

The Minister further disclosed that directions had been given to the Rehabilitation Committee to physically verify the remaining 108 claims of the 130 cases that were found eligible.

The Minister emphasised that the work relating of allotment of shops to the oustees, including tenants of properties acquired would be completed before February 12.

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