R&R plan for Pakal Dul PAFs approved

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 1: The State Administrative Council (SAC) has approved the Rehabilitation & Resettlement (R&R) Plan for the Project Affected Families (PAFs) of 624 MW Keeru Hydro Electric Project (HEP) on River Chenab, tehsil Nagseni in district Kishtwar.
The total cost of the Rehabilitation Plan which has been formulated on the lines of Kishan Ganga and Pakul Dul HEPs and as per the recommendations of MoEFCC, is approximately Rs. 100 crore.
A total 725 kanal & 9 marlas of private land is required for execution of the project. 159 families will be affected, out of which 93 shall be displaced.
The salient components of the R&R Plan include Rs 33 lakh as the lump sum cost for land and construction of house in line with the approved R&R Plan for Kishanganga HEP, Fishing rights in the reservoir to the PAF’s, outside the restricted area Reimbursement of Stamp Duty on purchase of land by the PAFs losing land, to the extent of actual land loss and Financial assistance of Rs.25000 to displaced PAFs having cattle for construction of cattle shed.
Non-displaced PAFs who are losing their seasonal cattle sheds/Kothas will also be entitled to this benefit. Financial assistance of Rs.35, 000 towards transportation cost for shifting of building materials, belongings, cattle, etc. from the affected zone to the resettlement area and One time assistance of Rs. 40,000 per PAF for construction of workshed/shop to rural artisans/small traders and self-employed PAFs among others.
The SAC also approved revision in the Resettlement & Rehabilitation Plan of Pakal Dul Hydro Electric Project regarding land and house construction assistance to PAFs in line with the enhancement in provision as approved for Kishanganga HEP.
It SAC directed that all the disbursements shall be necessarily Adhaar linked and delivered through DBT mode after proper scrutiny. The Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar will function as Commissioner for the Rehabilitation & Resettlement of PAFs of 624 MW Keeru & 1000 MW Pakal Dul HEPs.