Construction of a Housing Board Homes on plots in Kathua Housing Colony is about to start as the lands get transferred. However, the residents who are PoK refugees have claimed to be the owners of the land.
“My father was a PoK refugee. In 1947, we got lands allotted by the Government. Now these Housing Board Society officials have decided to build houses for people, but we don’t want it. We told them there’s no need because we are 10 families and a total of 40 people. The land is 48 kanals and we are satisfied with it. Few years back they tried to buy the land from us giving us the compensation while we disagreed. The case is still in High Court and they’ve sold 2-3 marlas to each person who’ll are here today. Why did they sell the disputed land without anyone’s consent? We’ll are waiting for Court’s decision. Whatever it’ll be we are ready to accept it.” said a resident
“This is our land. We are legally the allottees. We have 48 kanals. We made a room there, grew vegetables and kept our cows. They have illegally sold our lands to others. The case is still in the Court. Either they should give us the current land rate as the compensation or a place to live.” added another resident
The officials said that the land had been allotted for the construction of the Housing Board Societies long back and it was the ‘residents’ who were acting as a hindrance to it.
“In 1990 the idea of constructing Housing Board society came up and buying lands started in 1992. The residents have taken loans, sold their assets and deposited money for the dream of building their houses and now when the Administration wants to help them, some people due to their casual approach are stopping the act. People who are claiming the land to be theirs, where were they when developed happened here? Roads have been constructed, electricity wires and water layout has been provided. They used this development for the land hike but this will not continue. Innocent people who deserve their houses will be given their right.” said an official
“We have given allotments and have to give possessions to the people. These people are claiming to own these lands while they haven’t been able to show any Court orders. We aren’t constructing anything on their land. As per revenue it is Housing Board’s land. A proper procedure has been followed. These people didn’t oppose allotments so why are they against giving possessions? I don’t know anything about what happened in 1947 but now no one is being misguided. Government offices are involved in it so everything is being legally done. Whatever decision Court will give, it will be implemented on both the sides.” added another official