//No remarkable progress in J-K quake rehabilitation: report

No remarkable progress in J-K quake rehabilitation: report

New Delhi, May 28 (PTI): The focus of rehabilitation after the October 8 earthquake in Jammu and Kashmir has been more on the monetary compensation aspect, with little progress being made on actual reconstruction, a report by an NGO said.

The Kashmir Earthquake Relief and Rehabilitation Co-ordination Committee (KERRCC), an initiative of the Pakistan-India People's Forum for Democracy and Development (PIPFDD), also claimed that there was lack of disaster preparedness on the part of the administration.

It said that no remarkable progress has been achieved with regard to permanent rehabilitation, with victims still languishing in tin-roof temporary shelters even seven months after the disaster.

"The focus of the rehabilitation was centered on the compensation of Rs one lakh announced by the state government which reached the victims before supply of materials was arranged. As a result, prices of materials needed for reconstruction were hiked drastically," Tapan K Bose, General Secretary of PIPFDD told reporters here.

The report, based on a survey of 21,000 houses in 150 villages in Uri and Tangdhar area, claimed that roads damaged by the earthquake have not yet been fully restored. This, coupled with a ban on felling trees in the hills, has resulted in acute shortage of woood needed for reconstruction.

Even seven months after the disaster, the state government has not come out with a concrete disaster management policy and the local administration has no idea on how to tackle a similar disaster in future, the report pointed out.