Mehbooba Mufti
Mehbooba Mufti

SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (JKPDP) president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has written a letter to Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Union Railways Minister, addressing a crucial matter concerning land acquisition for a railway project in the Reshi Pora, Zainpora area of Shopian district in Jammu & Kashmir.

In her letter, Mufti highlighted the significant impact of the proposed land acquisition on the livelihoods of individuals in the affected area. The land in question is primarily used for apple cultivation, which serves as the main source of income and survival for the residents.

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Mufti expressed concern over the potential adverse effects of the land acquisition, emphasizing that displacement from their ancestral lands would cause immense hardship to the affected families, who rely on horticulture, agriculture, and allied activities for their livelihoods.

She urged the Indian Railways to consider altering the alignment of the railway line to minimize the impact on the affected communities. Mufti suggested that a slight change in the route could mitigate the adverse effects on the livelihoods of these individuals significantly.

In the event that altering the alignment is not feasible, Mufti stressed the importance of providing suitable and adequate compensation to those affected by the land acquisition. She emphasized the need for fair compensation packages to ensure that the affected families can sustain themselves and rebuild their lives elsewhere.

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Acknowledging the significance of infrastructure development projects like railways in enhancing connectivity and promoting economic growth, Mufti underscored the importance of prioritizing the welfare and rights of the communities directly impacted by such projects.

She requested urgent attention and intervention from Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw to address the concerns raised by the affected people, seeking a mutually beneficial solution.

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