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Transit accommodation for migrant employees in Budgam witnesses rapid progress

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Eight blocks to be handed over by September 2024

Budgam: The construction of a transit accommodation colony in the Kakanmaran area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district is progressing rapidly. The colony, consisting of 12 blocks (with 2 blocks yet to receive approval), features 16 flats per block.

The project, initiated under the Prime Minister’s package by the Roads and Buildings (R&B) Department of Budgam, began in March 2023 and is scheduled for completion in 2025.

MA Construction Builders and Contractors, the construction agency in charge, informed the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that eight blocks are expected to be handed over by September 2024, ahead of the stipulated deadline. The colony is being built on 42 kanals of land and is designed to provide all necessary facilities for migrant employees.

Sunil Bhatt, President of the Migrant Pandit Colony, praised the project, saying, “The construction of transit accommodation is commendable, and it is an honour that the Deputy Commissioner Budgam and district administration are doing everything possible to accommodate migrant employees.”

Bhatt requested the district administration to consider providing more than 1 BHK accommodation to prevent space shortages for families living in these colonies.

Local residents of Kakanmaran Budgam have also expressed their satisfaction with the project, saying it is necessary to ensure that migrant employees receive all necessary facilities to help them return to the lifestyle they had decades ago.

The executive engineer of the R&B department said, “We were given a deadline to complete construction by 2025. Thanks to the rapid work by the construction agency and the oversight by the R&B department, eight blocks will be handed over by September this year. Each block includes 16 flats with 1 BHK capacity.” (KNO)

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