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Temporary sheds to house victims before winter: Mufti

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SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Thursday announced that the Government would construct temporary sheds for the earthquake survivors at Tangdhar and Uri.

At a press conference, Mr. Sayeed urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to speed up efforts for making the joint relief camps operational along the Line of Control. Touring Uri town to take stock of relief measures, he said there were complaints from victims about the decision to give Rs. 1 lakh to rebuild completely damaged houses and Rs. 10,000 for partially damaged ones. "We have reviewed the decision. For partially damaged houses, relief has been extended to Rs. 30,000. Those whose house values are estimated in lakhs will get loans on easy terms from the Jammu and Kashmir Bank." He had passed orders that fair assessments be made about the losses. The Chief Minister said with winter approaching, tents were inadequate to shelter the earthquake victims.

"Accordingly, we have decided to construct a shed made of tin sheets for each family in both the affected areas."

The temporary sheds would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 90 crores. A junior engineer will be deputed to each village to oversee construction.

Stating that people on both sides of the LoC faced huge difficulties, Mr. Sayeed said he had urged the Prime Minister to make the proposed relief centres effective. Many areas in Neelam Valley (in PoK) and Jhelum Valley were inaccessible.

"There is urgent need to make these centres operational."

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