Displaced Jhelum Dwellers Awaiting Rehabilitation in Srinagar for 10 Years

Reported by

Rabiya Bashir

Legal Data by

Anmol Gupta, Mukta Joshi

Edited by

Moushumi Sharma

Updated by

Published on

March 13, 2022

March 13, 2022

Updated on

March 13, 2022

Location of Conflict

Srinagar

Habba Kadal

Srinagar

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Urban Development (Other than Smart Cities)

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

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Starting Year

2013

State

Jammu and Kashmir

Sector

Infrastructure

In September 2012, the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, along with the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, demolished the houses of 120 families living on the banks of the Jhelum river at Habba Kadal. A decade later, these families are still waiting for rehabilitation and compensation. On December 27, 2021, the affected families protested at the Press Enclave demanding rehabilitation.

The demolition drive was undertaken as part of the Jhelum Beautification Project, launched in August 2005 by then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Under the initiative, the government had ordered the removal of encroachments along the banks of the river.

Ghulam Mohammad, one of the evictees, told LCW that they have been running from pillar to post for 10 years. “We used to live in houseboats on the banks of the Jhelum until they were damaged during the demolition drive. At that time, the government asked us to evacuate and promised to give us land for rehabilitation, but now we realise that they were just fake assurances,” he said.

Shahida and her family moved to a rented accommodation following the demolition. “We cannot continue to live in a rented place forever. We have daughters, and we want to get them married. But our condition is so miserable. We are asking the governor-led administration to rehabilitate us like they have rehabilitated the Dal dwellers,” she told LCW.

“We are homeless now. The government promised rehabilitation at the time of dismantling our sheds but those promises remain unfulfilled,” Abdul Gani Rah, whose house was demolished, told the media.

Most of the affected people work as labourers and cannot afford to pay rent or buy properties. Rafiq, a 55-year-old widow, told journalists** **that she had four daughters and an ailing son and had no source of income. “I cannot afford to even pay rent. I request the authorities to rehabilitate us at the earliest,” she added.

Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad told LCW that a decision regarding the rehabilitation of the Jhelum dwellers will be taken soon. There has been no update as of February 2022.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for rehabilitation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common and Private

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Legislations/Policies Involved

The J&K high court has directed Irrigation and Flood Control Department to carry out eviction of encroachers near the Jhelum river from time to time.
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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community?

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Non-rehabilitation of displaced people

Forced evictions/dispossession of land

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Case Number

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Displacement

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

No

Reported Details of the Violation:

In September 2012, the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, along with the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, demolished the houses of 120 families living on the banks of the Jhelum river at Habba Kadal without rehabilitating them.

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Habba Kadal

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Media-based activism/alternative media

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Srinagar Deputy Commissioner's Office

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad told LCW that a decision regarding the rehabilitation of Jhelum dwellers will be taken soon.

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Residents living around Jhelum

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