Dependence on private hotels, guest houses likely to end

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By Fast Kashmir on 25/09/2017.

Dependence on private hotels, guest houses likely to end
Govt to build own accommodation for Darbar Move employees

Srinagar, Sep 25: To save crores of rupees to the state exchequer, the government has been building its own adequate accommodation for the Darbar Move employees in the state, officials said.
The Government is accommodating Darbar Move employees in quarters of Estates Department that as per officials, are “inadequate” to meet the requirement of the employees. They are entitled for the government accommodation as per the laid down norms.
For rest of the employees, the Government is hiring private hotels and guest houses which cost crores to the state exchequer.
An official of the Estates Department told KNS that government was building the adequate accommodation for the Durbar Move employees in twin capitals of the state.
“We have a proposal for construction of 400 flats at Pampore. We have taken possession of 32 flats and employees have been shifted there,” the official said.
He said that the department was in the process of acquiring 150 kanals of land near Tulsibagh.
He said that the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for construction of 32 flats in Jammu last year. He said the process for construction of 24 and 16 flats at two separate places in Jammu region was going on. “We have also conceived a project for construction of one block each in civil secretariat Srinagar and Jammu,” he said.
“The Government is spending over Rs 90 crore annually on private accommodations being hired for Darbar Move employees,” the official said.
The official said that the Government has to provide accommodation to over 6000 employees for six months both in Srinagar and Jammu. Government had decided several times to utilize state land effectively where additional accommodation could be developed for these employees. “The building of own accommodation will end the practice of hiring private hotels and guest houses,” he added. (KNS)