Communal Enclaves in Jammu

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Jammu, November 19: Several “communal enclaves” coming up in the city and its periphery and the builders are making allotments on religious basis which can be a threat to the social fabric.

The advertisement for these enclaves are being issued by developers on regular basis, but the state government seems to have turned Nelson’s eye towards this big threat to communal harmony emerging in the relatively peaceful region.

As has been widely reported, there are around 10 enclaves which have either already come up or are being set up in the vicinity of the Jammu Province that are based on communal  lines. The developers of these enclaves who belong to a particular community are promising the people of same religion to get their plot registered within 15 days which indicates the existence of a network with government and revenue officials.

According to a developer named Yasir Malik, “We had around 400 plots in the Sunjwan area. Most have already been sold and only 15 plots are left. Barring 5 percent plots, all have been allotted to members of the Muslim community. We have taken special care of the religious sentiments of allottees.”


He added that they are in the process of developing another “big” colony in the Bantalab area meant exclusively for members of the Muslim community.

As explained by a senior administrative official, the communal enclaves are being set up are several areas inside Jammu like Chowadi, Bajalta, Sidhra and Bantalab areas. The set of such enclaves is illegal and unconstitutional as well. It can destroy the secular social set-up of the region. It is a deliberate attempt of these developer to change the demography of Jammu district.

The official added that the people who bought those plots are lured “on religious lines”. This might  create more differences among communities in the already communally sensitive Jammu and Kashmir

However, the Deputy Commissioner of Jammu Simrandeep Singh, said that he had no knowledge any such advertisements being published on newspapers. He assured that the department will look into the matter.

Meanwhile, Mubarak Singh, vice-chairman, Jammu Development Authority, also said that the building permission to people will be granted only after they fulfill the guidelines. The setting up of colonies on religious lines is unconstitutional.